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

In class I remember that Bro Tom said that this poem is like a nursery rhyme for little kids about the everyday doings of a bird. In the first stanza Emily Dickinson describes the bird coming down the walk as the bird does not see her and the bird bites an angleworm in half, eating it raw. In the second stanza Dickinson describes how the bird is drinking the dew off the grass, and then goes onto explain how nice the bird is by stepping aside to let the beetle pass. That part is one of the main reasons this is like a nursery rhyme because the bird is being generous, she could of said the bird ate the beetle just like the worm but she didn't. In the 3rd stanza she describes the bird being scared and alarmed. In the 4th stanza she says the bird senses danger, she offers him a crumb, but he fly’s away. The last stanza is also very confusing to me, I don't see what it has to do at all with the bird? Overall, this was a good poem, but i have enjoyed her others much more.
- dte dte Mar 11, 2008