Happy Earth Day 2020

A Bird came down the Walk (328)

Emily Dickinson – 1830-1886

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, splash-less as they swim

We are mere temporary visitors on this planet. We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from the future generation. Happy earth day 2020!

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