Named after the New Jersey-born poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918) remembered for his short poem titled "Trees."

Grand Concourse & East 161st Street


by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.                               

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's 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.


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