Not quite a tree until this spring,
When birds with straw and bits of string
Declared it ready to take part
In ancient rites about to start.
Not quite a tree until this May,
When birds with secret things to say
Pinned high upon its leafy breast
The old proud emblem of a nest.
Elizabeth-Ellen Long’s Spring Song for a Very Young Tree appeared in the May 12, 1951 issue of the Saturday Evening Post.