Grandeur

 

8x8" oil paint on gessoed artist board; use "comment" below to inquire.

8×8″ oil paint on gessoed artist board; use “comment” below to inquire.

I was first introduced to the the lines of the famous Joyce Kilmer, ” I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree…” —I hate to say it— from an episode of “Little Rascals”. The character Alfalfa was reciting or singing it in part. But you see, I never forgot its sentiments:

Joyce Kilmer. 1886–1918
119. Trees

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.

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