Sunday, March 29, 2009

Scavenger Hunt - Something inspired by poetry

2.) Larabee is one of the blogs I follow on a regular basis. LPC takes some awesome pictures. Lately she has also been posting poems by Hafiz (the most celebrated Persian poet) along with her pictures. Go ahead, check it out. I think a lot of her photos could also be listed under "peaceful easy feelings." Enjoy! ~me
by Alfred Joyce Kilmer*

I THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
This is one of the oak trees that has been in our neighborhood, some say since the Civil War. I don't know if that's stretching the truth or not. It is not an exaggeration to say they have been around a lot longer than the homes or people. Sadly, though they look large and lush on the outside many of these trees are actually dead inside. Come hurricane season it's not uncommon to see the behemoth trees lying on their side, or across some one's roof.
At this time of year, however, they are lush and lovely. The blossoms have fallen off, leaving a haze of green pollen dust in the air and on the cars. But if you look up it is as if God has been painting each new leaf with a different shade of green.
I don't think my photography or editing skills can really do these poetic beauties justice. But it's my best shot! Enjoy.
Merry ME
* Am I the only person in the universe that didn't know that "Joyce" Kilmer was actually Alfred Kilmer? All these years I've thought it was a woman who wrote this ode to trees. Live and learn!

1 comment:

Fire Byrd said...

You have one up on me I'd never heard of either of them,even if they were the same person....
Trees are so special, I just love them in all seasons, but especially as the blossom goes and that amazing green appears.