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

  • (6/19/2018 1:32:00 PM)


    I have always found this poem brings great comfort. I lost my beautiful son at the age of 31. He was such an incredible man. It brings happy tears and wonderful memories. Till we meet again my son. Rest in God's Perfect Peace 😘 (Report) Reply

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  • (6/17/2018 12:57:00 PM)


    Most touching poem ever (Report) Reply

  • (6/14/2018 4:32:00 AM)


    Recently I'd become desperately ill. Sickness not being apart of my normal regime', i prayed my way back. In faith, I live day to day always faced with the knowledge that it could turn towards glory in a second. I love living, hoping, dreaming, loving, and being loved. The hand of God is seen arrayed in life and it is wonderful. Read this at my memorial service... (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2018 3:29:00 PM)


    I have loved this poem for years (Report) Reply

  • (6/12/2018 1:41:00 PM)


    It is simply BEAUTIFUL (Report) Reply

  • (6/12/2018 8:30:00 AM)


    Thinking of using this when we scatter my mothers ashes in a few days time. Would appreciate any comments about suitability or any recommendation for alternative poem. (Report) Reply

    (6/13/2018 11:03:00 PM)

    I’d highly recommend using this one, and have lost both parents, so some experience. My only other suggestion is that if your mom saved any of your Mother’s Day cards as mine did, sometimes there are lovely poems in there that you already chose as a personal expression of your love her, and might warrant using again. So sorry for your loss.

  • Britte Ninad (6/11/2018 5:10:00 AM)


    a drop of tears
    rocking shock on mourning dew
    wave of moaning heart
    all are do not shed on the mound of my grave
    I am mixed up or matched up with sand or clay
    a piece of remembrance through your bouquet
    a piece of fragrance through your flowering
    a piece of love letter through your reciting
    do not make me alive
    cause I did not die into you..............
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    (6/14/2018 4:41:00 AM)

    WOW! Totally awesome... i agree... when I'm gone, let me go. Dont make alive... I did not die in you

  • (6/10/2018 8:48:00 PM)


    Wow that was beautiful (Report) Reply

  • (6/10/2018 6:09:00 PM)


    What a wonderful poem. Gave me such peace, when my Mom died. thank-you for the thoughtful words. xo (Report) Reply

  • (5/30/2018 11:41:00 PM)


    This poem really give us the chance to give love, as much as we are able to, to our beloved ones while they are alive. So live the moment in conscience. (Report) Reply

  • (5/30/2018 3:40:00 AM)


    wtfffffffffffffffhhuhuhuhuuuuhuhhuuh (Report) Reply

  • (5/28/2018 3:12:00 PM)


    This is raw truth yet with comfort hope in the inner man. Thank you for writing this peom. (Report) Reply

  • (5/26/2018 2:52:00 PM)


    My partner of 47 years passed away three years ago next month. This poem has given me much needed peace and support when other words could not help. It is said with God give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change..... (Report) Reply

  • (5/24/2018 2:56:00 PM)


    I’m sure you’ve read this before. I think Marc would like it. (Report) Reply

  • (5/23/2018 5:26:00 AM)


    I love this since the first time I heard it on Little House (Report) Reply

  • (5/19/2018 4:45:00 PM)


    This is the poem my wife will read when I’m gone, which is soon. And, it says it all 😎 (Report) Reply

    (6/14/2018 4:50:00 AM)

    My condolences to your family. Hope all goes well and that they find peace and solace in an loving God, who does all things well!

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (5/19/2018 2:15:00 AM)


    Pure artwork....great work by this late legend... (Report) Reply

  • (5/16/2018 2:02:00 PM)


    WE SO proud of him (Report) Reply

  • (5/14/2018 6:08:00 PM)


    I love this poem, it lifts up your hope. (Report) Reply

  • (5/10/2018 8:20:00 AM)


    Babe. This is the poem I mentioned last nite (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 27, 2013


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