Mary Elizabeth Frye

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

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep - Poem 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.

Form: Sonnet


Comments about Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye

  • Katrina S (9/4/2017 1:05:00 AM)


    Stunning and beautiful piece of writing (Report) Reply

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  • Hassan Hayati (8/23/2017 3:00:00 AM)


    think of others before it gets too late (Report) Reply

  • (8/16/2017 12:48:00 PM)


    Oh, what a poem!
    Do not stand at my grave and cry
    I am not there, I did not die.
    (Report) Reply

  • (8/9/2017 2:56:00 AM)


    nice to read this poem. (Report) Reply

  • David Mclansky (7/30/2017 7:38:00 AM)


    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    This showy passion vulgar and cheap
    All those nights I lay alone
    The weight on my chest granite stone;
    You promised me with ruby lips
    You brushed my chest with nails unclipped
    That you would love me for evermore;
    And oak plank bars your bedroom door;
    A bird sings at my window pane
    Inane with love in sweet refrain
    Soon I will lay beneath the earth
    Wry smiles and cursed breath
    (Report) Reply

  • Rahul Mistry(avi) (7/16/2017 10:53:00 AM)


    Oh! I just love it. (Report) Reply

  • Madhu Smita (7/15/2017 9:03:00 AM)


    Most beautiful lines on death that I have ever read. It makes death beautiful, not an end but a new beginning. Where the soul transcends from being captured in one human form to being reflected in various beauties of nature. (Report) Reply

    Samson Peacemaker (8/10/2017 10:37:00 AM)

    I Couldn't agree more.

  • Gurleen Kaur Narang (6/29/2017 3:26:00 PM)


    Truely said, a loved one never dies! His presence is always felt in whatever we see or is around us. (Report) Reply

  • Mahima Prathaban (5/29/2017 4:21:00 AM)


    Beautifully written...Loved the theme and the lines (Report) Reply

  • M Sagnik Das (5/21/2017 12:06:00 PM)


    ohh awesome one........... (Report) Reply

  • (5/13/2017 6:12:00 PM)


    So beautiful. what is that music in the background? (Report) Reply

  • (5/5/2017 6:12:00 AM)


    So beautiful. As I stand at my husband's grave this is him, all the things he loved and valued in his life. But sometimes I still weep. (Report) Reply

    Samson Peacemaker (8/10/2017 10:44:00 AM)

    Beloveth, he is also that tear that runs from your eyes and caresses you at the chick, like a goodnight kiss that suggests not goodbye but see you tomorrow.You will see him again.

  • Sharvani Patwari (4/20/2017 9:50:00 AM)


    '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.' Beautiful lines...
    (Report) Reply

  • (4/12/2017 1:18:00 PM)


    Thank you Karen McCluskey (Report) Reply

  • Sandeep Dongre (3/7/2017 9:24:00 AM)


    Mindblowing (Report) Reply

  • Sarwesh Tiwari (3/3/2017 7:56:00 PM)


    The soul never dies...aah..beautiful.. (Report) Reply

  • (2/27/2017 2:36:00 PM)


    I love this poem!! I hope that when I pass from this world that this poem will be read at my funeral. (Report) Reply

  • (2/26/2017 12:40:00 AM)


    Beautifully written sonnet! (Report) Reply

  • Jun Munez (2/20/2017 1:53:00 AM)


    Beautifully penned depiction of the immortality of our soul. (Report) Reply

  • (2/10/2017 5:53:00 AM)

    Alternative final line
    You rest now in my memory (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 27, 2013


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