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A Narrow Fellow In The Grass by Emily Dickinson

Since I mentioned yesterday that I love snakes, I thought it might be fun to post one of my favorite Emily Dickinson poems on just that topic!  Even when you love them as much as I do, you still get a shivery feeling–zero at the bone–when you see one.  Hope some of you enjoy this, even if you aren’t as crazy about our legless friends as I am.

A Narrow Fellow In The Grass

by Emily Dickinson

A narrow fellow in the grass
Occasionally rides;
You may have met him,–did you not,
His notice sudden is.

The grass divides as with a comb,
A spotted shaft is seen;
And then it closes at your feet
And opens further on.

He likes a boggy acre,
A floor too cool for corn.
Yet when a child, and barefoot,
I more than once, at morn,

Have passed, I thought, a whip-lash
Unbraiding in the sun,–
When, stooping to secure it,
It wrinkled, and was gone.

Several of nature’s people
I know, and they know me;
I feel for them a transport
Of cordiality;

But never met this fellow,
Attended or alone,
Without a tighter breathing,
And zero at the bone.

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