Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

A Bird Came Down - Poem 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.

Topic(s) of this poem: bird


Comments about A Bird Came Down by Emily Dickinson

  • (9/26/2017 1:19:00 PM)


    He glanced with rapid eyes..captivating lines...Great write! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/26/2017 9:31:00 AM)


    Than oars divide the ocean,
    Too silver for a seam,
    Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
    Leap, splashless, as they swim

    Great write, thanks poet.
    (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/14/2017 6:23:00 AM)


    This is a great observational poem of nature. The last stanza seems superfluous. (Report) Reply

  • Suresh Raavi (6/25/2017 7:57:00 AM)


    Good imagery... nice to read (Report) Reply

  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (5/21/2017 2:53:00 AM)


    A nice imagery, love this great poem. (Report) Reply

  • (3/7/2017 9:26:00 AM)


    So lyrical and yet lyrically disjointed. What a beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O' Brian (12/22/2016 4:03:00 PM)


    Particularly detailed observations imaginatively contrived and communicated. (Report) Reply

  • Cristobal Benjumea (12/18/2016 2:25:00 PM)

    love love
    love and beauty as necessary as bread (Report) Reply

  • T.j. Span (11/12/2016 10:56:00 PM)


    The jittering observations and then the exiting swoosh...just like a bird.
    Emily shows me how inarticulate my brain is; I can't think how to think until she tells me.
    (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (10/18/2016 1:43:00 AM)


    Very very beautiful thoughts resulted in a cute poem strangely without any dash of your style Emily...
    None can go without a like for this kind of work....10
    (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Anas Affan (9/22/2016 2:28:00 AM)


    nice written..........a clear poem....thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • (7/25/2016 3:57:00 PM)


    One has to know nature to write this well. (Report) Reply

  • Amar Agarwala (5/15/2016 7:27:00 PM)


    Emily Dickinson, had magic in her pen... her verses are charming and they leave the readers spell-bound. I have been greatly inspired by this rather reclusive poetess. According to me, her work is just incredible. (Report) Reply

  • Valentin Savin (5/15/2016 10:48:00 AM)


    A very lovely and vivid poem. I seem to see the bird outside my window that bits an angle-worm in halves
    And eats the fellow raw. The other half he gives to it's love sitting on the eggs in the nest on the tree.
    (Report) Reply

  • Seema Devi Sharma (5/15/2016 9:43:00 AM)


    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

    Great poem with beautiful wording and natural imagery. Thanks for the poem.
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2016 6:24:00 AM)


    Amazing minute observations of the movements of a bird portrayed through a lovely poem by the great poetess. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Antoinette Padua (5/15/2016 5:00:00 AM)


    Such little things will catch none
    but a poet's eye, will see
    beyond the birdy's beady beak
    and cause one to weep!
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2016 2:33:00 AM)


    Great imaginations of life here make this great poem interesting. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (5/15/2016 12:46:00 AM)


    This shows as to how we could appreciate simple joys offered by nature around us in day to day life. The beauty of the poem lies in its lyrical sweetness and simplicity. Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/15/2016 12:42:00 AM)


    Than oars divide the ocean. Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 3, 2015


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