Vintage verse – A Bird came down the Walk by Emily Dickinson

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 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.

by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Photo by Christine Klocek-Lim

3 thoughts on “Vintage verse – A Bird came down the Walk by Emily Dickinson

  1. 有时后我觉得
    yǒu shíhòu wǒ juéde
    Sometimes I think
    zìjǐ xiàng yī zhī xiǎo xiǎo niǎo
    I am like a little bird
    xiǎng yào fēi
    I want to fly
    què zěnmeyàng yě fēi bù gāo
    but also not too high
    yěxǔ yǒu yītiān wǒ qī shàng liǎo zhītóu
    maybe someday I perch on a branch
    què chéngwéi lièrén de mùbiāo
    but become a hunter’s target
    wǒ fēi shàng liǎo qīngtiān cái fāxiàn
    I fly high into the clear sky only to find
    zìjǐ cóng cǐ wúyīwúkào
    that from now on I have no one to depend on. -Della ding “Wo shi yi zhi xiao xiao niao”


  2. Thank you for sharing this! I love Dickinson and this is my absolute favourite poem she wrote. I love the last 6 lines the best and plashless is probably one of my mist favourite words.

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