A little shove from behind, compliments of Emily Dickinson…

There’s nobody like Emily Dickinson for having fun with our tendency to personify nature, and then to give us a little shove from behind straight into its mystery. This photograph by MaybeSparrowsPlace captures a little of that mysterious quality I think…

A Bird came down the Walk (328)
by Emily Dickinson

A Bird came down the Walk—
He did not know I saw—
He bit an Angleworm 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 around—
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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