- Date of entry: May-07-2001
- Last revised: Aug-29-2006
This poem captures the last thoughts and sensations of a person on her death bed. Surrounded by mourners who are bracing themselves for her death, the narrator’s focus as she dies is on the most mundane of living creatures: a buzzing fly. The final ebb of consciousness is depicted as a loss of light and sight: "And then the Windows failed--and then / I could not see to see--."
Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
Mabel Loomis Todd & T. W. Higginson