- 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: 165
Dickinson, E. (1896). Nature, Poem 14: In Shadow. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved June 20, 2021, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Nature, Poem 14: In Shadow." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. June 20, 2021.
Emily Dickinson, "Nature, Poem 14: In Shadow," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed June 20, 2021,.
I dreaded that first robin so,
But he is mastered now,
And I 'm accustomed to him grown, —
He hurts a little, though.
I thought if I could only live
Till that first shout got by,
Not all pianos in the woods
Had power to mangle me.
I dared not meet the daffodils,
For fear their yellow gown
Would pierce me with a fashion
So foreign to my own.
I wished the grass would hurry,
So when 't was time to see,
He 'd be too tall, the tallest one
Could stretch to look at me.
I could not bear the bees should come,
I wished they 'd stay away
In those dim countries where they go:
What word had they for me?
They 're here, though; not a creature failed,
No blossom stayed away
In gentle deference to me,
The Queen of Calvary.
Each one salutes me as he goes,
And I my childish plumes
Lift, in bereaved acknowledgment
Of their unthinking drums.