Guest Poem: Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

“Do not stand at my grave and weep,” our poem for the day was written by Mary Elizabeth Frye (Dayton, Ohio, 13 November 1905 – Baltimore 15 September 2004), a Baltimore housewife and florist,  in 1932. She was born Mary Elizabeth Clark and was orphaned at the age of three. In 1927 she married Claud Frye.

The identity of the author of the poem was unknown until the late 1990s when Frye revealed that she had written it. Her claim was later proven by Abigail Van Buren. Her poem was also used in one of the Norwegian protocols, to express condolences for the sorrow that struck the country July 22nd, 2011. – Wikipedia

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

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 sun 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 circling flight.

I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there; I did not die.

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