God gave a loaf to every bird,
by Emily Dickinson

God gave a loaf to every bird,
But just a crumb to me;
I dare not eat it, though I starve,--
My poignant luxury
To own it, touch it, prove the feat
That made the pellet mine,--
Too happy in my sparrow chance
For ampler coveting.

It might be famine all around,
I could not miss an ear,
Such plenty smiles upon my board,
My garner shows so fair.
I wonder how the rich may feel,--
An Indiaman--an Earl?
I deem that I with but a crumb
Am sovereign of them all.

 

My Interpretation

Initially I thought this poem was false and upsetting. As a Christian I personally believe that God gave us all we need and that we weren't treated unfairly when it comes to the opportunity of life.

However after reading it a second time I found that this poem was not necessarily about humans and animals, but the rich and the poor. I think this poem really shows how differently the two can be treated. I think this shows also how humbled and thankful the poor can be. Although on the other side the bird has everything, the person is saving that one and only one piece they were given. This poem gave me a hard time, trying to really grasp the concept, however I do think that any way you look at this poem, even if my interpretation is wrong, it can really teach you something.

I saw a bird holding more than it could carry and a person begging for more. And the person being both humble and jealous at the same time. Humbled that they have something, and jealous because someone else has more.

 

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