Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Nature and Eternity


This lovely haunting poem by Emily Dickinson demonstrates some of her best qualities as a poet. The sense of wonder and unique perspective at the opening of the poem is startling. But the poem evolves and I found myself overwhelmed with the beauty and grace of the the final two stanzas as it quickly shifts from the bird's sense of danger to the infinite beauty of nature.


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.


Emily Dickinson

A Bird Came Down The Walk - Poem Lyrics - Emily Dickinson

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