In Shadow. By Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

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.