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Respectfully, Joyce Kilmer...

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Respectfully, Joyce Kilmer...

I think that I have never known
a tree as lovely as a poem.

A poem that in a single breath
infuses life, defying death

with words that move in stylish grace
and give emotion resting place.

A poem reflecting life and love
and faith, perhaps, in He above

who gave the world the lovely tree
and the gift of rhyme to fools like me.

Though God made trees and I, this poem,
within its lines I find my home.

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  1. Date: 8/17/2012 1:34:00 PM
    Time for a new piece of poetry Tracy. I await your reentry into the Soup. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/25/2010 8:00:00 PM
    Dear Tracy and Family; my condolences I do hope that all is well though Idon't think so , my deepest consern is given to You and Yours I am a fan of YOUR (Mother, Wife, Sister,or Aunt) whatever Tracy was to YOU I have asked before ,with no response My Prayers and my Heart are sadden with YOU Please Remember me in YOUR Prayers For Her Love to a Great POETESS ALWAYS...HG

  1. Date: 10/22/2009 8:23:00 AM
    Dear Tracy, I miss YOUR POETIC talent This is Superb written by a true POETESS LOVE...HG Tracy I do hope everthing is going well for YOU I'm thinking it is not YOU have not Posted for almost a Year I would really like to hear from YOU just a quick Hello will do My prayers are with YOU ALWAYS...HG

  1. Date: 7/16/2009 3:44:00 AM
    Knock Knock Tracy where are you and your poetry? Been a while hope all is well. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 5:44:00 AM
    You write beautifully! Congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 3/15/2009 5:07:00 AM
    Eagles do not soar the sky without some scrag from which to launch their wings, this poem's theme is enough to make it flow and your sweet choice of words give it wings.

  1. Date: 1/20/2009 7:37:00 AM
    Interesting poem, I;ve never been one to think highly of any poetry, hipocriticism aside. :) Let alone I'm dwelling on the fine line between atheism and theism, I've never felt any sort of connection to God. But I read this poem like it was something more than a poem I liked reading it a lot. I can't wait to read more

  1. Date: 1/6/2009 2:55:00 PM
    hello and interesting poetry to reflect on. the words move so cool through my mind. enjoyed reading and have a good day.

  1. Date: 12/31/2008 2:36:00 PM
    Georgeous piece, Tracy. I am furiously working on an entry that can come even close! Best wishes to you and yours this New Year! Donna G.

  1. Date: 12/21/2008 5:45:00 PM
    a wonderful poem.

  1. Date: 12/20/2008 10:10:00 AM
    AWESOME!!!! Elaine

  1. Date: 12/20/2008 9:24:00 AM
    oh what a lovely pen have thee, thank you for sharing your gift

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 8:31:00 AM
    You did the original Joyce Kilmer poem justice with this wonderful response. What a fun and interesting contest you are creating with this idea. I will have to give this challenge some thought....but it will be hard to top yours! ...Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 5:40:00 AM
    Oh yes, this is for me one of the very first poems I learned and actually memorized to read in front of my class! You did a wonderful, amazing turn around! Brilliant in fact. Enjoyed this so much. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 2:11:00 AM
    Hey there, my long, lost friend - I have missed your lovely words. :) This is so pretty, it sparkles. Now, as for your contest, I have a question. I wrote one lastnight, in response to a poem by Frost, his is a sonnet, but what came out from me, was free verse (I'm on a free verse kick right now) so, my question is, shouls the I write need to be in the same form as the one I'm writing about? I know it probably should, maybe I'll just do another. let me know! Love, me

  1. Date: 12/16/2008 11:42:00 PM
    Wow you have put so many feelings here Tracy. Just loved the way it flowed while I read it and felt it was about faith, about poetry, about love....Simply superb!! Happy holiday to you and yours! Love, Chitra

  1. Date: 12/16/2008 7:35:00 PM
    Oh, I love this..Trees was one of the first poems I learned as a child. Youve done a great job with this. BG