- 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: 92
Dickinson, E. (1896). Nature, Poem 16: Secrets. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 27, 2023, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Nature, Poem 16: Secrets." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. January 27, 2023.
Emily Dickinson, "Nature, Poem 16: Secrets," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed January 27, 2023,.
The skies can't keep their secret!
They tell it to the hills —
The hills just tell the orchards —
And they the daffodils!
A bird, by chance, that goes that way
Soft overheard the whole.
If I should bribe the little bird,
Who knows but she would tell?
I think I won't, however,
It's finer not to know;
If summer were an axiom,
What sorcery had snow?
So keep your secret, Father!
I would not, if I could,
Know what the sapphire fellows do,
In your new-fashioned world!