I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died by Emily Dickinson

I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died

I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –
The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air –
Between the Heaves of Storm –

The Eyes around – had wrung them dry –
And Breaths were gathering firm
For that last Onset – when the King
Be witnessed – in the Room –

I willed my Keepsakes – Signed away
What portion of me be
Assignable – and then it was
There interposed a Fly –

With Blue – uncertain – stumbling Buzz –
Between the light – and me –
And then the windows failed – and then
I could not see to see –

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Born: 10 December 1830, Massachusetts, USA
Nationality: American
Died: 15 May 1886, Massachusetts, USA

Dickinson was a prolific poet but fewer than a dozen of her poems were published in her lifetime. The published poems were significantly edited to fit poetic convention and rules. Many of her poems deal with the themes of death and immortality. It was not until after her death her cache of poetry was discovered by her sister and her work became public. The first collection of Dickinson’s work was published in 1890

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