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.
POEMS FOR KIDS BY EMILY DICKINSON
Header illustration from Pixabay, with thanks.
LET’S CHAT ABOUT THE POEM ~ IDEAS FOR TALKING WITH KIDS
1. Can you describe an animal you recently saw? What did it do? What did it look like? What do you imagine it was thinking?