TREES II: An Unauthorized Sequel to Joyce Kilmer’s Classic Poem


I never, ever thought I’d see,                                                                                                                                                                                A poem about trees written by me.

But when a tree challenge gets thrown down,                                                                                                                                                   It awakens the Poet Laureate of MY Town.

I used to give trees names unkind,                                                                                                                                                                      “View-blockers” quickly comes to mind.

Really though, I love trees from far and wide,                                                                                                                                                    ‘Cuz they recycle my carbon dioxide.

They turn it into oxygenated air,                                                                                                                                                                          And I can breath it anywhere.

I like trees for many reasons,                                                                                                                                                                               Their leaves change in all the seasons.

They provide housing for squirrels and birds,                                                                                                                                                   Which climb on branches to drop their turds.

Trees grow apples, oranges and other fruits,                                                                                                                                                    They also provide sweet maple syrup juice.                                                                                                                                                      (Does my poem sound like Dr. Seuss)

Trees are awesome, trees are fun,                                                                                                                                                                      Trees make life better for everyone.

Each of us views trees however we like,                                                                                                                                                             I think I’ll go see some while riding my bike.

I think that I shall never fear,
A tree full of year-round Christmas deer.


There can be no greater honor for a tree,
Than to be carved into eagles for all eternity.


Nothing is more welcome in these rural landscapes,
Than a tree full of monkeys and other apes.


A tisket, a tasket,
A tree with a basket.


A basket, a goofball,
A tree, a bike, that’s all.


Thanks for coming along on my tree-viewing ride,                                                                                                                                           And for putting up with my awesome poetic side.


Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

8 response to "TREES II: An Unauthorized Sequel to Joyce Kilmer’s Classic Poem"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 3, 2018

    Awesome as always, Greg. I was thinking of you when writing up the Challenge. “Jeez, I should add a note that view-blockers are an acceptable alternative.”

    PS: You must be a poet, because your feet are long fellows.

  2. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: June 3, 2018

    That was a refreshing take on trees Greg. Thanks.

    You do have some interesting trees in your neck of the wood. I particularly like the basket tree – saves a lot of work for basket weavers.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 3, 2018

    Great read, as always!

  4. By: Seasidejanet Posted: June 4, 2018

    Seems like you have the most interesting trees around! And Jack says he went to Joyce Kilmer Grade School in Chicago long ago!! Thanks for the memories.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: June 4, 2018

    Well done, Greg! I am impressed by the variety of artful trees AND the fact that you can do a headstand. I’m sure I haven’t been able to do one of those since I was about 12.

  6. By: gregblood Posted: June 4, 2018

    Thanks to everybody for the messages. I can’t promise there won’t be another “tree challenge” post in the future–complete with head stands and references to view-blocking–but it definitely won’t be written in poetic form.

  7. By: Suzanne Posted: June 4, 2018

    You are a multi-talent! You can stand on your head, ride your bike no-hands and write poe-tree!

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