The sky is low, the clouds are mean,
A traveling flake of snow
Across a barn or through a rut
Debates if it will go.
A narrow wind complains all day
How some one treated him;
Nature, like us, is sometimes caught
Without her diadem.
In this poem, different elements of nature are personified to appear in negative human conflicts. The last word "diadem" is a "crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty" (from iBooks dictionary). The word "diadem" suggests that nature lives in a state of royalty or power... This poem is interesting because nature so often just is. Snow falls when the elements are right, wind blows for whatever reason, clouds are clouds. But here we receive a suggestion that nature needs time to prepare itself for the world... Getting back to the diadem, when nature is revealed without its diadem, it is hesitant (like the flake of snow) or vulnerable (like the wind). Without its status symbol, it is susceptible to social pains. By personifying nature, Dickinson is making a social critique: that behind all of our money or appearances or status, we are vulnerable. We are all human, and therefore, we are all human.