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

LET’S CHAT ABOUT THE POEM ~ IDEAS FOR TALKING WITH KIDS

Creativity

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?