On Living and Dying Day 7 by Emily Dickinson

I heard a fly buzz when I died

By Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

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.


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I am a King without a Kingdom, in a world with many masters, wrapped in the spoils of a jealous heart, and my people’s callous laughter.


  1. I love to read poems that are purposefully punctuated! Many poets don’t necessarily build their poetry on punctuation. I like using it…

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