Write Again… Only God can make a tree

Published 1:35 pm Wednesday, June 28, 2023

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Well, now friends, if it’s Saturday it must be… Quotation Day!

Now, if that doesn’t excite you, what more can I say?

So, here goes:

“Some see things as they are, and ask why. I dream things that never were, and say why not.” (G. B. Shaw)

“Count where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was, I had such friends.”

“May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the rains fall soft upon your fields. May the sun shine warm upon your face. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hands.”

“Always do the right thing, the moral thing, the ethical thing. Always.”

Titled the “Eagle of Peace”, it seems hopeless: the quotation . . .

“One day, I hope to see the Eagle of Peace stretch forth her wings; and bring common sense, truth and civility back to our country.” (Found in a friend of ours papers. James Edwin Winstead Jr. April 25,1944 – July 9, 2022)

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain: If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.” (Emily Dickinson)

“I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed/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.” (Sgt. Joyce Kilmer – 165thInfantry (69th New York, A.E.F. – born December 6,1886; killed in action near Ourcy, July 30, 1918)


Such powerful poignance from one who lost his life in that insensate folly we know as war. Such a shame, yet we know that some wars, unfortunately, must be waged.

Let me conclude, now, with a prayer from “The Book of Common Prayer:”

“O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in thy mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.”

And Amen.