Friday, December 14, 2007

Cellphone photography and street poetry


Up until today, I have always thought that Joyce Kilmer was a woman.
The following is the original text of his famous poem "Trees"
written in 1913.

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.

"Song of the Open Road" below is one of the many variations of "Trees"; this one written by Ogden Nash (1902–1971):

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Indeed, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all.

And this one below is a combination of Kilmer and Nash and the Luntiang Pilipinas Environmental Society and also of me because I made some of the billboards in photoshop as some of the original billboards along the Batinguel-Candauay road seem to have fallen and have gone missing. ;-)

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