April 17, 2015 by genelup
“I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree,” wrote Joyce Kilmer in his poem, “TREES.” Yes, Joyce Kilmer is a man, or was a man. He got killed by a sniper’s bullet during World War I in France. However, I want to concentrate on his poem, and his obvious obsession studying trees.
Joyce continues: “A tree whose hungry mouth is prest against the sweet earth’s flowing breast.” Well that’s a graphic description of a tree sucking Earth’s breast…I guess that would be the water and nutrients in the soil. Then Joyce adds: “a tree that looks at God all day, and lifts her leafy arms to pray.”
Trees are very special to God. He created them before man. The Garden of Eden was full of them. “And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” – Genesis 2:9. God has allowed those two trees to have a profound impact on mankind from Earth’s first couple to this present generation. Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat from the knowledge of good and evil tree. Some theologians think the two trees were one in the same, but not the Eastern Orthodox Church. It has traditionally understood the tree of life is a prefiguration of the Cross, which humanity could not partake of until after the incarnation, death and resurrection of Jesus.
We know sin and death entered the world when Adam and Eve, tempted by Satan, ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Perhaps the tree of life is a symbol of life everlasting for us in heaven. John 3:16, along with many other scriptures, show the blueprint for mankind’s journey to get to heaven.
God has interwoven trees in our lives. Joyce continues: “A tree that may in summer wear a nest of robins in her hair” and “Upon whose bosom snow has lain, who intimately live in rain.” Trees are a blessing to us; they are used to nest birds, gives us fruits and nuts, shade our houses during hot summer days, provide us with building materials and paper products, and are used to allow children to swing from one of its strong limbs.
God has surely blessed us with trees in our lives.
We are like trees. Trees live. Trees provide blessings. Trees die. We live. We can be a blessing to others. We die.
“Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree,” Joyce concludes. Thank you Joyce Kilmer. You led us to a deeper appreciation of trees. Where would we be without them?