“Binding Worn Thin” – by Megan Dupre (inspired by the Emily Dickinson poem “I heard a fly buzz – when I died”)


Following up on the “Raven” inspired poem by Jared Barklow in the last post, here’s a Dickinson-inspired piece (with the original poem beneath it…)
Clutter and shame have brought me here,
to a life ending in despair.
This chapter concludes like every other,
hope reveals its colors, a myth in disguise.
I waited it out but the sun was too shy,
a whisper from the wind created endless fear.
Lack of dedication, a dwindling spine.
My book shed to pieces,
the first day I saw life.
Twelve thousand wishes
and thirty-seven butterflies,
despite beauty, must always reach an end
Here I am, proving it all,
sprawled out in this bed, awaiting the thunder,
aching to be free from the striking sorrow,
but I know reality is far too harsh.
My epilogue is on its way,
I refuse to breathe much longer.


"I heard a Fly buzz" (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 portions 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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