A Bird came Down the Walk (1994)

Program notes

Dedicated to Nobuko Imai, based on a poem by Emily Dickinson.
In the Garden
by Emily Dickinson
A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.
And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.
He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,—
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head
Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home
Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, plashless, as they swim.


Year of composition



Viola and Piano


Season Date Concert Member(s)
2020-21 Scenes and formations (web-diffusion live) Innovations en concert (IEC), Park Sounds Duo, Natsuki Hiratsuka