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Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep

is a well-known poem of emotive sentiment.

First appearing circa 1932,

its authorship remained for many decades

a mystery.


In the late 1990s,

it was substantiated that

housewife Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905 – 2004)

had penned the poem.



It is the only poem written by Ms. Frye.



Of lyrical beauty

the poem gently reminds, that though

our corporeal self is of finite duration

our essence of self is omnipresent

forever cherished / remembered by those who hold us dear.




Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep


by Mary Elizabeth Frye




image, Soft-flower-field image by tanjatingcom


Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.


(image from tanjating.com)