Verse > Emily Dickinson > Complete Poems > II. Nature > 90. “A murmur in the trees to note”

Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part Two: Nature


A MURMUR in the trees to note,
  Not loud enough for wind;
A star not far enough to seek,
  Nor near enough to find;
A long, long yellow on the lawn,        5
  A hubbub as of feet;
Not audible, as ours to us,
  But dapperer, more sweet;
A hurrying home of little men
  To houses unperceived,—        10
All this, and more, if I should tell,
  Would never be believed.
Of robins in the trundle bed
  How many I espy
Whose nightgowns could not hide the wings,        15
  Although I heard them try!
But then I promised ne’er to tell;
  How could I break my word?
So go your way and I ’ll go mine,—
  No fear you ’ll miss the road.        20


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