And like a Host — "Come in"
I boldly answered — entered then
My Residence within
A Rapid — footless Guest —
To offer whom a Chair
Were as impossible as hand
A Sofa to the Air —
No Bone had He to bind Him —
His Speech was like the Push
Of numerous Humming Birds at once
From a superior Bush —
His Countenance — a Billow —
His Fingers, as He passed
Let go a music — as of tunes
Blown tremulous in Glass —
He visited — still flitting —
Then like a timid Man
Again, He tapped — 'twas flurriedly —
And I became alone —
F621 (1863) J436
This poem always delights me. We see the poet open the door to the wind. No doubt she had been listening to the hums and knocks and tappings outside her door. Once she'd opened it, however, the "footless Guest" came in for a brief visit. And what a guest! Of course he couldn't sit in the company chair any more than air could enjoy settling into the sofa. What was he like, then?
After flitting about for a while he tapped again at the door, all in a flutter, and left.
I don't think the poem can be mined for deeper significance. It captures an experience common to many in a way meant to delight.
Just for your delight, here are some more wind poems:
"The Wind didn't come from the Orchard — today —" (F494)
"Of all the Sounds despatched abroad" (F334)
"Of Brussels – it was not –" (F510)
"An awful Tempest mashed the air –" (F224)