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

  • 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...
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  • Oratile Diratsagae (4/14/2017 11:51:00 PM)


    this is so good. peace (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

  • Zachary Edmond Lockhart (2/9/2017 12:21:00 PM)


    So much imagery and emotional prowess in this beautiful! I'll want it read over my grave some day, hopefully far from now (Report) Reply

  • Paula Stolpman (2/4/2017 1:38:00 PM)

    Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep by Mary Elzabeth Frye
    I cherish this one, it reaches the depth of my heart, there is a mysterious
    connection, a comforting believable love forever.
    (Report) Reply

  • Neptune Barman (1/7/2017 6:08:00 AM)


    This poem holds a ironical theme..and hope too that those whom we lost are with us soo comfoting poem (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/30/2016 4:16:00 PM)

    tom allport
    a very comforting poem well written. (Report) Reply

  • (12/24/2016 7:57:00 PM)

    Beautiful words which give some comfort as I feel such a sense of loss with the recent passing of my wonderful darling mother
    Lovely word which giv some comfort and hope. (Report) Reply

  • (12/18/2016 10:20:00 PM)


    Wonderfully said (Report) Reply

  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (12/15/2016 5:02:00 AM)


    After death body and soul mingled with nature.Heartening! (Report) Reply

  • (11/10/2016 11:45:00 AM)


    Wow, what a beautiful poem . (Report) Reply

  • (11/3/2016 7:55:00 PM)


    I found this in ANN LANDERS column almost 60 years ago. It has been a reminder too many times esp last few years. (Report) Reply

  • (11/3/2016 9:33:00 AM)

    Fantastic Help in Mourning
    My daughter and only child, the true love of my life, recently passed after bravely and undauntingly suffering and battling numerous diseases for 14 years. She is truly gorgeous from the inside out. This poem, while an old stand by, was sent to me by my daughter's dearest friend. I re-read it frequently in order to help me heal. (Report) Reply

    Paula Stolpman Paula Stolpman (2/4/2017 1:34:00 PM)

    Our family received this poem after my sister age 14 passed in 1974 it still hangs on the wall of my 92 yr. old mother's bedroom. I have hand lettered it in art pieces for many hurting, grieving friends and acquaintances. I cherish this one, it reaches the depth of my heart, there is a mysterious
    connection, a comforting believable love forever.

  • (11/2/2016 4:04:00 AM)


    A stunning poesie!! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 27, 2013


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