With Blue – uncertain stumbling Buzz –
Between the light – and me –

from Emily Dickinson – I heard a Fly buzz (465) on Rap Genius


This fly isn’t beautiful or graceful like, say, a butterfly. It’s “stumbling,” zigzagging back and forth — “uncertain,” perhaps like the speaker’s faith right now.

“Blue” is a weirdly synesthetic word to use here — sounds can’t have colors — but it may suggest the blue-black color of the fly itself, the blueness of the speaker’s mood, or maybe the subdued (as opposed to bright, like red) nature of the buzzing sound.

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