TREES by JOYCE KILMER, BUZZA MOTTO, REVERSE PAINTING ON GLASS
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.
By Joyce Kilmer, 1913
Joyce Kilmer describes TREES as the inability of art created by humankind to replicate the beauty achieved by nature. Others consider the poem as “one of the finest poems ever written because of its simple message” and “paints such lovely pictures”. In so many words TREES is a “romantic attitude towards nature.”
TREES is painted in reverse, the background is printed on paper and set behind painted glass with space between them, 3-D. Another term used to refer to the art of “cold painting” and gilding on the back of glass is verre églomisé, named after the French decorator Jean-Baptiste Glomy (1711–1786).