City Trees

by EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY

The trees along this city street 
Save for the traffic and the trains, 
Would make a sound as thin and sweet 
As trees in country lanes.

And people standing in their shade 
Out of a shower, undoubtedly 
Would hear such music as is made 
Upon a country tree.

Oh, little leaves that are so dumb 
Against the shrieking city air, 
I watch you when the wind has come, – 
I know what sound is there.

 

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