23 Feb 2017 Chalkboard drawing (Evenstar), Trees (Joyce Kilmer poem) and House of Healing (Lord of the Rings music)

Good morning family, how are you doing from where, what and when you visit me here now?  It’s 11:17 am as I start to write to you.  It’s another beautiful day here in North Texas for which I am very grateful.  The sky is clear and blue from horizon to horizon and springs things are in full swing all around.  We woke this morning to the loud and urgent cries of song birds doing their “hey baby, let’s build a nest and make some eggs” songs lol.  I love it; I absolutely adore the birds we have here.

So I took my chalkboard out back to see what would come forth.  I have used up much of the usable drawing surfaces around the house and so until it rains again, the chalkboard it is!

I was looking for poems about plants and found this one by Joyce Kilmer and realized I recognized it, just a long time since I saw it last.  I agree with his sentiments!  Everything important I’ve learned about the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth I’ve seen living in the company of trees.  Each tree we take for granted is a complete “world” unto itself….billions of dimensions layered in with each of ours.

I send my very best to you through these endless wires and on the winds that sustain us all!  Be kind! 

Mother and Father are resilient and even when you think all hope is lost....new growth will appear!

Mother and Father are resilient and even when you think all hope is lost….new growth will appear!



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.


Joyce Kilmer (born as Alfred Joyce Kilmer; December 6, 1886 – July 30, 1918) was an American writer and poet mainly remembered for a short poem titled “Trees” (1913), which was published in the collection Trees and Other Poems in 1914. Though a prolific poet whose works celebrated the common beauty of the natural world as well as his Roman Catholic religious faith, Kilmer was also a journalist, literary critic, lecturer, and editor. While most of his works are largely unknown, a select few of his poems remain popular and are published frequently in anthologies. Several critics—including both Kilmer’s contemporaries and modern scholars—have disparaged Kilmer’s work as being too simple and overly sentimental, and suggested that his style was far too traditional, even archaic.[1] Many writers, including notably Ogden Nash, have parodied Kilmer’s work and style—as attested by the many parodies of “Trees”.

At the time of his deployment to Europe during World War I, Kilmer was considered the leading American Roman Catholic poet and lecturer of his generation, whom critics often compared to British contemporaries G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) and Hilaire Belloc (1870–1953).[2]:p.27[3][4] He enlisted in the New York National Guard and was deployed to France with the 69th Infantry Regiment (the famous “Fighting 69th”) in 1917. He was killed by a sniper’s bullet at the Second Battle of the Marne in 1918 at the age of 31. He was married to Aline Murray, also an accomplished poet and author, with whom he had five children.

http://www.retreet.org/ – Dallas nonprofit that goes into communities devastated by storms and plants new trees!

In the spirit of the Evenstar and the fact I just love a lot of the music, especially of the Elves, in this series of movies.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King CR – 11. The Houses Of Healing (feat. Liv Tyler)



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