First, did you ever hear the hit song, “A Boy Named Sue,” from Johnny Cash? It’s about a guy whose dad named him Sue so he’d have to either get tough or get whooped. Boy, talk about toxic masculinity. These days, that guy’s dad would be tossed in a padded cell for child abuse. OR he’d be celebrated as progressive for transgendering his boy. Yeesh.
The song was written by one of my favorite writers, Shel Silverstein. And it tells the story of how “Sue” hates his name and vows to kill the man who named him. As a grown man, he finally meets his dad in a bar. And they fight. And just as they pull guns on each other, the dad tells his son why he named him Sue. Then, yada yada, they make up.
So. There you go. God made trees.
Oh wait. I left something out. Let’s see. What was it? Oh yeah, I remember. Another guy had to go through his life with a girl’s name. But he didn’t vow to kill the man who named him. At least I can’t find any evidence that he did. And, in fact, he did something a guy with a girl’s name should probably never do. He wrote poetry. Yikes!
There are those (and I won’t single you out) who’d like to ridicule a guy with a girl’s name for writing poetry. And those people would like you to believe that guy would certainly have to be light in his loafers. But those people wouldn’t take the time to discover how that guy with a girl’s name, who wrote poetry, enlisted to fight in World War 1.
And they wouldn’t care to find out how that guy with a girl’s name was married, had five kids, and was killed in battle. Nope. They’d just laugh at a guy named Joyce.
But Joyce, whose last name was Kilmer, provided the poetic proof that God made trees. In his famous poem…
I think that I shall never see
A poem as 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. ~Joyce Kilmer
There you go. Cased closed. Take that all you unprogressive progressives.
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