Ponderings of the Spiritual Life Director April 17, 2019

The Interdependent Web: A Poem

Ponderings of the Spiritual Life Director

Back in September, when we created our UUCL “Book of Life”, I asked everyone to submit a poem that spoke of their heart. This is the poem that Arland submitted, and I can’t think of a more appropriate one to offer you for this week’s ponderings as we continue to contemplate the interdependent web of all existence:


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.