A Bird


Emily Dickinson is a poet renowned for her unusual use of punctuation, enjambments and line breaks, which created some of the most unusual poems ever written.  This poem is based on an exercise where an Emily Dickinson poem is taken, rearranged into block prose and then rebroken and edited.  Exercises like this are good for cleaning out creativity blocks, and reminding yourself of your own style.  Full credit is given to Emily Dickinson for her original work A Bird, came down the Walk which is available to read here http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/bird-came-down-walk-328.

A bird flew along the path
He did not know I saw him
He bit a worm in half and ate it, raw
He drank dew from the grass
He hopped sideways to the wall to let a beetle pass
He glanced with rapid eyes, that flickered
They looked like frightened beads, I thought

He lifted his velvet head. like one in danger, cautious
I offered up some bread, like one in surrender, nervous
He flew home smoother than a still lake
To silent for the butterflies,
Who float like autumn leaves


Copyright, Donna Day, 2015

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