A Sparrow took a Slice of Twig | Affiliated Manuscripts

H 237 (Fr1257B)

ca. 1872, March

Pencil | Fair copy

On quadrille stationery

Poem-message sent to Susan Gilbert Dickinson.

A Sparrow took
a Slice of Twig
And thought it
very nice

         I think, because
his empty Plate
Was handed
Nature Twice –


Invigorated, waded

In all the

deepest Sky

Until his little


Was forfeited
away –


Emily –


Lucretia Gunn Dickinson Bullard (b. 1806–d. 1885)

Dickinson’s paternal aunt.

Inclusive dates of correspondence: 1864. Letters, 3; poems, 2.