Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fools Like Me

We were heading home from some errands this morning when I overheard my daughter correcting her little brother in the back seat. He was going to make a tree. Sis told him you don't make trees you plant them. A line from Trees by Joyce Kilmer jumped into my head. I said to them, "Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree."

"Huh?" came the response.

"How does it go?" I asked myself out loud. I pieced it together, but knew I was missing a line, somewhere toward the end. Had to look it up:

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

I told the kids I had learned that poem in elementary school. Of all the poems I learned, the two that have stayed with me are this one and Daffodils by Wordsworth. No epic poems for this girl. Keep them short and simple and preferably about nature.

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