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A bird came down the walk

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 sideways 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


Emily Dickinson




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First published in 1891, it comes from the second collection of Dickinson's poems.