VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

A Narrow Fellow in the Grass

Emily Dickinson

A narrow Fellow in the Grass
occasionally rides --
You may have met Him - did you not
His notice sudden is --
The Grass divides as with a Comb--
A spotted shaft is seen --
And then it closes at your feet
And opens further on --
He likes a Boggy Acre
A Floor to cool for Corn --
Yet when a Boy, and Barefoot --
I more than once at Noon
Have passed, I thought, a Whip lash
Unbraiding in the Sun
When stooping to secure it
It wrinkled, and was gone --
Several of nature's people
I know, and they know me --
I feel for them a transport
or cordiality --
But never met this Fellow
Attended, or alone
Without a tighter breathing
and Zero at the Bone --

Charms and riddles are among the oldest poems, and they are also, in a sense, the "oldest" or earliest poems for many readers. The point is to describe something without naming it. There are riddles in the Bible, in Homer, in Old English literature, and in any schoolyard or workplace.