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

  • (2/18/2018 5:03:00 PM)


    So beautiful and inspiring (Report) Reply

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  • (2/17/2018 6:06:00 PM)


    This poem carries alot of weight and meaning. It hits home for many. (Report) Reply

  • Damion Hamilton (2/17/2018 5:58:00 PM)


    Very powerful poem. One of the best I have ever reading. Simply amazing piece. It has literally layers of profundity to it. (Report) Reply

  • (2/15/2018 7:18:00 AM)


    this poem gives me peace-i can truly say-thanks -it brings comfort for me with the loss of my beautiful sister. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (2/14/2018 11:37:00 PM)


    A great poem with insight. (Report) Reply

  • (2/14/2018 3:06:00 PM)


    Lovely poem, Probably my favourite, Lovely words that bring comfort x (Report) Reply

  • Lily Ives (2/13/2018 12:19:00 AM)


    Interesting that she didn't say we left for heaven but acknowledged that we simply are everywhere. Beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • (2/10/2018 5:14:00 PM)


    This poem makes me cry but helps my broken heart (Report) Reply

  • (2/10/2018 12:56:00 PM)


    I love this poem (Report) Reply

  • (2/8/2018 10:59:00 AM)


    I believe that this poem can now be read in the 21st Century with a greater appreciation of the latest Scientific theories, studies and evidence that there are dimensions beyond the 'physical'. (Report) Reply

  • (2/8/2018 10:29:00 AM)


    Good. Very good - and way beyond anything that I can manage. But I do worry about the tone of denial present. If anything it detracts from the overall emotion present here. (Report) Reply

  • (2/4/2018 5:11:00 PM)


    So perfect a message (Report) Reply

  • (1/31/2018 7:16:00 AM)


    I read this poem a few years ago and didn't think much about it, I thought it was a little too sentimental and emotional for me. When my grandfather died, and my dad buried him with my grandma and uncle, this poem came back to me. It was snowing heavily at the funeral, standing in the snow above all of my father's family, the lines of this poem echoed through my mind. It's hauntingly beautiful. I wish I had been able to appreciate it without experiencing such a loss myself.... (Report) Reply

  • (1/30/2018 3:47:00 AM)


    Beautiful (Report) Reply

  • (1/29/2018 5:57:00 PM)


    Bette Lacy (Report) Reply

  • (1/28/2018 12:02:00 AM)


    Read this at my mothers funeral as she read it at her mothers. (Report) Reply

  • (1/25/2018 12:48:00 PM)


    A beautiful poignantly written poem that reminds me of a short poem(Eternal) that I wrote some time ago and subsequently published in Coming Full Circle. (Report) Reply

  • (1/25/2018 12:45:00 PM)


    This poem is poignantly thought provoking, and it reminds me of a short poem(Eternal) I wrote some time ago and subsequently published in a book entitled: Coming Full Circle. (Report) Reply

  • (1/24/2018 12:58:00 AM)


    read this poem in a girl scout mag in 70s (Report) Reply

  • (1/23/2018 2:58:00 AM)


    Superb....written by the bottom of heart (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 27, 2013


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