Mary Elizabeth Frye

(13 November, 1905 - 15 September 2004 / Dayton, Ohio)

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 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.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Edited: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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  • Rookie - 193 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (11/8/2014 1:46:00 AM)

    I aM in AWE
    I Wish I could write as good as you do
    I wish I could come up with a poem as great as this
    But since I can't yet, ....... then let me just admire these verses you made
    WOW.....HATS OFF (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 846 Points John Richter (10/9/2014 3:12:00 PM)

    My Absolute all-time favorite poem ever. Has been for years. And it's Mary's only poem, written on the back of a napkin. Never published, she gave copies away to friends. For those who don't know Mary housed a Jewish European refugee early in Hitler's rise. Her friend received word that her mother was dying and she was unable to travel back to Europe to see her for fear. But she was absolutely devastated by it all. Mary wrote this poem to help her friends terrible grieving process. It is absolutely perfect. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 0 Points Charlie Hamer (10/19/2014 12:24:00 PM)

    This is mine as well, it made me cry the first time I read it.

  • Freshman - 2,087 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (8/28/2014 12:57:00 AM)

    Fantastic. So expanded human imagination. Here the art gets its positive arena to inspire life to live. May it be romantic yet its nectar wets the crying soul within sometime. Excellent. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,978 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (8/15/2014 6:34:00 PM)

    a long time favorite poem of my liking...I used to have this poem on a magnet on my refrigerator for many years but the name of the poet wasn't on it..I'm glad that mystery has been solved.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 157 Points Skywee Gh (8/3/2014 6:27:00 AM)

    do not stand at my grave and weep is a beautiful piece.very nice and short and meaningful.i like it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anusree Anu (5/4/2014 9:45:00 AM)

    that is what i would tell my family and friends when i die.......
    written so beautifully
    bravo! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,566 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/12/2014 10:15:00 AM)

    A good poem with so much inspiration to the mind those who fear the ultimate end of life that is the so called death and its after effect (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Sreelekha Premjit (4/8/2014 1:50:00 AM)

    That's a very touching poem.. one returns to the elements of life.. the mad elements of life.. in death.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hazel Constant (2/27/2014 12:34:00 AM)

    I'm not sure whether this is allowed, but I needed to share this. This poem was turned into a song (by whom I'm not sure) , and there's a video of Conor O'Brien singing it, and he has the voice of an angel, so if it's okay I wanted to share the link:
    http: //www.youtube.com/watch? v=gkfLms4KQ_s (Report) Reply

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