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Trees

This postcard has pictures of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, which is in the mountains of North Carolina, near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. In the center of the postcard is a poem by Joyce Kilmer entitled "Trees." Text beneath poem: "Photos courtesy--Southern Region, U.S. Forest Service". One picture is of a bronze plaque, which reads, "Joyce Kilmer, 165th Infantry, Rainbow Division, Soldier and Poet. Author of Trees. Born in New Brunswick, N.J., December 6, 1886. Killed in action in France, June 30, 1918." On reverse: a blurb about the forest; "147--Harry N. Martin, P.O. Box 324 Asheville, N.C."; "Genuine Curteich-Chicago 'C.T. Art-Colortone' Post Card (Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.)"

Text on postcard:

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.

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