Only God Can Make a Tree?

December 11, 2014

“Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree,” wrote poet Joyce Kilmer in 1947 in one of most-often quoted lines of poetry in the English language.

TOnly God Can Make a Treehere certainly are poets that think of God as writing the poems for which they are conduits, but most of us think that Kilmer is right that ‘only God can make a tree.’

And then today I found myself at First Parish Church in Brunswick (a UCC Church) making a tree for the Christmas season. I suppose we could just bring a recently cut tree into the church, but it would be quite a job to bring in a whole, natural tree as large as the one we build each year, piece by piece, bough by bough, in the sanctuary.

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About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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