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Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) created countless poems, focusing particularly upon her own observations of nature. Here’s one of my personal favorites, particularly appropriate for springtime reading.

A Bird Came Down, by Emily Dickinson

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.
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  1. Thanks for sharing the Dickinson poem.

    Mary Montague Sikes

  2. I've never seen this Dickinson poem before. It's lovely, and so nice for spring!

  3. I absolutely love Emily Dickinson, and this is one of my all-time favorite poems.

  4. Lovely poem and I really liked the pic of the little birdy.



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