Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, DYING, by EMILY DICKINSON

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DYING, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I heard a fly buzz when I died
Last Line: I could not see to see.
Subject(s): Death; Flies; Labor & Laborers; Mourning; Pain; Dead, The; Work; Workers; Bereavement; Suffering; Misery

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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