- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 71
Dickinson, E. (1896). Nature, Poem 21: A Tempest. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved December 11, 2013, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Nature, Poem 21: A Tempest." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. December 11, 2013.
Emily Dickinson, "Nature, Poem 21: A Tempest," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed December 11, 2013,.
An awful tempest mashed the air,
The clouds were gaunt and few;
A black, as of a spectre's cloak,
Hid heaven and earth from view.
The creatures chuckled on the roofs
And whistled in the air,
And shook their fists and gnashed their teeth.
And swung their frenzied hair.
The morning lit, the birds arose;
The monster's faded eyes
Turned slowly to his native coast,
And peace was Paradise!