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Emily Dickinson: A Bird, came down the Walk

A Bird, came down the Walk –
He did not know I saw –
He bit an Angle Worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw,

And then, he drank a Dew
From a convenient Grass –
And then hopped sidewise to the Wall
To let a Beetle pass –

He glanced with rapid eyes,
That hurried all abroad –
They looked like frightened Beads, I thought,
He stirred his Velvet Head. –

Like one in danger, Cautious,
I offered him a Crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers,
And rowed him softer Home –

Than Oars divide the Ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or Butterflies, off Banks of Noon,
Leap, plashless as they swim.


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5 comments on “Emily Dickinson: A Bird, came down the Walk

  1. Terry Bohnhorst Blackhawk
    September 29, 2021

    So much wit and wonder. I always love this poem!

    By ‘Noon’ ED often meant infinity — the double o’s like a sideways figure 8, i.e., the symbol for Infinity, which she famously referred to has her “Flood subject,”

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  2. webmaster3c0059d9fa
    September 25, 2021

    He bit an Angle Worm in halves
    And ate the fellow, raw,

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Barbara Huntington
    September 24, 2021

    What a wonderful way to start the day wit Dickinson’s audacious rhymes. Love it!

    Liked by 1 person

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