- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 100
Dickinson, E. (1896). Nature, Poem 27: Indian Summer. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved July 24, 2014, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Nature, Poem 27: Indian Summer." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. July 24, 2014.
Emily Dickinson, "Nature, Poem 27: Indian Summer," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed July 24, 2014,.
These are the days when birds come back,
A very few, a bird or two,
To take a backward look.
These are the days when skies put on
The old, old sophistries of June, —
A blue and gold mistake.
Oh, fraud that cannot cheat the bee,
Almost thy plausibility
Induces my belief,
Till ranks of seeds their witness bear,
And softly through the altered air
Hurries a timid leaf!
Oh, sacrament of summer days,
Oh, last communion in the haze,
Permit a child to join,
Thy sacred emblems to partake,
Thy consecrated bread to break,
Taste thine immortal wine!