Alison Lurie, "Trees, Being Neighbors" (a poem published in the June 1947 issue of Poetry)

Trees, being neighbors all their lives,
Must take friends where chance planting gives
The seed soil, learn to choose their loves
Within the changes of their leaves

Believe the botanist who loves
To tell how oak, beech, maple, lives--
Each to take sun as the sun leaves
Grows to the space the next tree gives.

In cities neighbor neighbor leaves,
And the unhappy move their lives;
When discontent room for room gives
In heavy towers the builder loves.

Let sun recover soured loves,
Let the new spring now spread long leaves;
And great man may, if man forgives,
Grow rooted to the place he lives.