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
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
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.
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