A Narrow Fellow in the Grass

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 too 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
Of cordiality—     

But never met this Fellow
Attended, or alone
Without a tighter breathing
And Zero at the Bone—