a remembrance of Cornish days

 A brief detour amongst trees



Here is a famous old poem about trees, and two trees for you to look at ...


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


Large tree in Penrose Estate near Loe Pool, Helston


The above poem was written in 1913 by Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918) 'for Mrs Henry Mills Alden' He was killed in 1918 in France near the end of WW1 in the second battle of the Marne

It is 'celebrated' every year in Canada by a group of people who assemble in remembrance of 'the world's worst poems'. I must admit to liking the poem very much myself, and have fond memories of the song which was written to accompany the words. Now there's an age giveaway !!

The magnificent tree (above,right) is in front of the imposing Mansion on the Penrose Estate beside Loe Pool between Helston and Porthleven.

This twisting beech tree is in Tehidy Country Park and is fondly known locally as 'the hugging tree' ... best hugged whilst holding hands with others since its girth is great !!

The 'hugging tree' (a twisted beech) in Tehidy Park

Here, in close-up, can be seen some of the carvings of 'love forever' on the trunk ... are you depicted here ? And did that love last forever ... ?

The 'hugging tree' with lovers carvings


Go on ... go and hug a tree !!


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