Emily Dickinson's Collected Poems

Part Three: Nature 16. The skies can't keep their secret!


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!