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Spring Song for a Very Young Tree

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.

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  • Manian

    Yes, in spring the trees become or appear to be quite active. That is the best period for trees. A loving season. Different kinds and hues of birds perching upon them and making multifarious sounds are indeed a real joy. Sure it is a good poem….nay I can say any poem about nature are good poems.

    “Manian”