I heard a Fly buzz — when I died —

(1990)

"I heard a Fly buzz — when I died —" is the eighth song in Leo Smit's song cycle Beyond Circumference. Beyond Circumference is the fourth of Smit's six song cycles setting the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

For more information about Leo Smit's Emily Dickinson song cycles, please visit the pages for The Ecstatic Pilgrimage and Leo Smit.

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I heard a Fly buzz — when I died — (poem 465)
by Emily Dickinson


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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