In "A Bird, came down the Walk," a speaker's seemingly everyday encounter with a bird leads to thoughts about the frightening side of nature—as well as nature's beauty. Under this speaker's watchful eye, the bird is at once a merciless predator, an anxious and vulnerable animal, and a lovely spark of life. Like many of Emily Dickinson's poems, this one uses unique and unconventional syntax (a.k.a. the order of words in a sentence). It was published only after Dickinson's death, when her younger sister discovered a treasure trove of poetry hidden in her bedroom, and first appeared in a posthumous collection, Poems, in 1891.