City Trees

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.

by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Comments (4)

Outstanding observation and comparison in respect of trees in city as well as in the country side.
In the din of the city life the tree turns silent. Excellent!
Funny how we pay attention to trees when on a walk through the country but barely give a thought to them when walking or driving through the city. Maybe this is what the poet was thinking?
She had many trees to write about living in Maine! !