It was an interesting tree

Editor:
I read with interest Thomas Inman’s letter to the editor (“It was just a tree,” Sept. 19). Inman took exception to the destruction of a tree on his walking path on Harbor Bay Isle with little information provided as to why this action was necessary. 

As a climate scientist, Inman knows how important trees are to our ecosystem in this age of “great extinction” that impacts planets, animals, insects, etc. on planet earth. With climate change bad things are happening in our land, sea and air. We all need to be better stewards to our home. 

His lament for this one tree was both poignant and poetic and reminded me of the poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer. It begins “I think that I will never see, a poem lovely as a tree” and concludes “Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.”

 

Trees

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.

Tom Engh

Editor’s note: New Jersey native Joyce Kilmer was killed in the Second Battle of the Marne during World War I at the age of 31.