A Bird Came Down

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, splashless, as they swim.

by Emily Dickinson

Comments (66)

Then what a style to bring to the readers mind's eye the elegant, smooth graceful flight of this bird as it escaped to safety...in the last verse! . Amazingly gifted with words this Emily yah! ! ! !
A characteristic Emily Dickinson poem, as she frequently wrote about her observances of nature.
Love the poem but don’t understand the last verse.
This poem is so nice!
Lovely poem. Emily Dickinson is one of my favourite poets!
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