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Dickinson, Emily - I heard a fly buzz when I died The stillness in the room

Identifier

001271

Type of Spiritual Experience

Vision
Hallucination

Number of hallucinations: 1

Background

A description of the experience

Emily Dickinson – the Poems of 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 the 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

The source of the experience

Dickinson, Emily

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Light

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Commonsteps

References