I heard a Fly buzz—when I died— by Emily Dickinson

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"I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: The scene of this brief little drama is the room of the speaker, who is dying, properly surrounded by the members of the family. Time hangs suspended, as it seems to do in the moments of calm during a storm. All that convention requires has been done: the proper tears have been shed; the will has been made and witnessed; there is nothing more to do but wait for death. In the respectful hush, a fly begins to buzz against the window, and this trivial, undramatic episode is the last bit of life that the speaker sees as light fades and death comes.

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–