Reciting “Trees” in the Trees (video)

by Joyce Kilmer

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

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet 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.

Joyce Kilmer | Poetry Foundation

Thanks for joining me for a poetry recitation delivered among tall trees. I recorded “Trees” using my cell phone that was attached to a tree branch. I am probably not the first person to talk to a tree in these lands. 😂

The winding road is scenic and slow and has led me to many places where my thoughts and words can freely flow. For nine days my book project and I have been traveling and evolving along this road. A range of emotions shared again and again; we have become intimate friends. Each place we visit, where I sit and write, has a different charm, a different vibe. Whether it be a quiet hilltop, a jazz-playing coffee shop, a park tabletop, a bench near the river’s edge, or a quiet library desk, each place offers my eyes a place to gaze when looking up from another turned page.

More tunes enjoyed along the winding road. The band, Sol Seed, playing, “Family Tree.” How can you not enjoy the sound of a didgeridoo?

Thank you for visiting and listening. Enjoy your weekend. Be well. 💗 Michele

Find my photos on Instagram ~ @mlsefton

Photos: My images

© 2021 Michele Lee Sefton.

73 thoughts on “Reciting “Trees” in the Trees (video)

      1. Yes, a he. Reminds me of the Johnny Cash song, “A Boy Named Sue.” The poet’s full name is Alfred Joyce Kilmer. Maybe Joyce sounds more like a poet than Alfred, or maybe Alfred was dropped over time. Not sure about that or his gender identity? 🤔
        “… from the dead.” Oh good, then there is hope for me in the afterlife. 😂

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      2. Poetpas

        Is he related to Val in any way? Sounds a good name actually combined. Perhaps I’ll do that. Something with Penelope 😁
        I meant that writing, and art, seems to get more value after the creator passed on. Or off 🙃
        Enjoy your REtreat, another treat 😁

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      3. Not sure, but you are motivating me to research the man behind the name, behind the trees. haha Penelope is a lovely name with poetic qualities. 😁
        I understand. Such is so often the artist’s path. Before we pass off (haha) we’ll just keep spreading our poetic seeds for future generations to value and appreciate, and in your case, maybe question your identify, if you adopt the name of Penelope. 🙃 Thank you so much. I will. I will also be doing my share of REvising after I leave this paradise. 🌲

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  1. Timothy Price

    Wonderful recitation. Question. Did you intentionally stand in front of the tree like it is growing out of you head? It worked well for the poem.


    1. Thank you, Timothy. You give my video directing too much credit. Nothing planned about sprouting a tree from my head. I was just happy to get my phone attached to a branch, then it was just record and recite. Thank you though.

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  2. Michele…girlfriend…perfect poem by Joyce Kilmer, excellent recital by Michele Lee, and a perfect backdrop of trees by God. Whether you intentionally planned this excellent production or not, honey child, you nailed it! Bravo!!! 👏🏼💖🌴❤🥰

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    1. So many beautiful and inspiring things to explore – scenery and poems. 😆 Being in trees was intentional, but having one grow out of my head, as Timothy mentioned (in thread), was not planned. There are worse things that can come out of my head. 😆 I so appreciate your generous and loving support.💗 Thank you, Kym, my nature loving and uplifting writer friend. ✍🏼 🌞🌲🌻💖

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  3. I hear your call
    Among the trees
    A poem of love
    Upon the breeze

    Words wrapped in time
    Write from your heart
    Share as you will
    By poem, impart

    I wrote this short poem to wish you well, as you flow along the winding road of your writer’s retreat. Your poetic reading was wonderful ~ thanks for sharing, Michele ~ and, it’s always nice to see your smiling face 👀 All the best, my friend ✍🏼🌞

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    1. Oh my, you outdid yourself, Poet Phil. Lovely verse that you might feel inspired to recite the next time you are on your own trail. 😁 I am grateful for your generous kindness and affirming words. 😊 Thank you and best to you too! 🌼

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  4. A beautiful poem, a beautiful reading, a beautiful landscape, and a beautiful soul. I love this post, Michele. Just lovely. It is so nice to read about your travels and writing. Have a lovely weekend, my dear friend.❤️

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  5. Well Michele what can I add to what everyone before has already said? Nothing so I’ll just 👏🏼👏🏼 and enjoy the reading and trees as I sit on the deck and look out in the woodland. 😊🙏🏼🌳🌲🍃

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  6. Dear Michele! The poem is beautifully written and I especially loved the last two line, AND the reading under the trees is freshly divine (esp read by you —a spirited lovely lady). Your further descriptions are also vividly down to earth! 🏝🏝. Thank you for your sharing of such wonderfully sentiments and scenery!💕🥳

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    1. I agree, Annabel. The poet, Joyce Kilmer wrote a sweet poem with beautiful imagery and a lasting message. The last two lines are playful and remind us of the magnificence of nature. “A spirited lovely lady.” 🥰 Thank you for that and for being here. 🌄 🤗

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  7. You are a wonderful beautiful heart and soul who brings so much beauty to us 💛 absolutely beautiful poem, such gorgeous photos of your surroundings. I especially loved the concluding lines “Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree” I feel the same and love your humble surrender to the exquisite grandeur that is nature. What a beautiful feeling and time spent with your post!

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    1. Those last two lines are simple, but profound. 🥰 Thank you for appreciating the photos. There are so many gorgeous scenes to capture, from a tiny flower to a flowing river. Divine! I am honored by your gracious and loving mention of my heart and soul and sharing of beauty. I feel the same about you. Thank you. 🙏🏼 Have a beautiful weekend full of inspiration and joy. 💛✨

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    1. It is so gorgeous here and every day brings new discoveries, out and inside. 💖 Glad you like my poem selection – a celebration of trees. 🌲🌳💓💚 Speaking of nature… I am headed to the coast today, but I will be diving into your book this week. I am very excited to do so. Congratulations, Ingrid!!

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  8. Wonderful verbal poetry dear Michele.
    “I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy.”
    – Hamlin Garland, McClure’s, February 1899

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    1. What a lovely description of my recitation. Thank you, Jaya. I appreciate how you notice and describe subtle details. A gift that enhances your own writing and poetry. No surprise, it is hard for me to talk without using my arms. 😆 Dancing through life and poetry recitations. 💖

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  9. How beautiful n melodious the Sweet cockoo singing about the trees among the nature’s beauty. Really those trees must be having special blessings to live in your poems. It was a lovely read and feel as well dear Michele. Glad to see you enjoying the nature at the same time 😇❤

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  10. What can be said that has not already been said! lol… sometime it is the way it is said. Just like your recitation of the poem and the scenery made all the difference. Magnetic One, you are a difference maker. 🥰💖😇🙏🤗… I need to find some more emojis… Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Just call me MO. 😆 Sincerely, being described as a “difference maker” is a charming and generous compliment. Thank you. 😊 I derive such joy from writing and sharing – that is the intrinsic reward. To be read and appreciated by kind and talented people like you, overflows my cup.🙏🏼❤
      “emojis” – Yes, we need more options!
      You have a wonderful day too!

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