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


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  • Wegolonyo (6/24/2020 2:41:00 PM)

    Wow. . .this is enough to wipe tears away from my heart and pains my eyes have welled(Report)Reply

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  • Patricia Mehan (6/20/2020 3:45:00 PM)

    This poem helps even 10 years after the loss.(Report)Reply

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  • GalleG (5/28/2020 1:06:00 PM)

    This is a poem that says what many of us think when someone we love passes. Ms. Frye just captured what is in our hearts with her words.

    The only strange thing accompanying this beautiful poem is the Middle Eastern-type music that has been placed at the top of the page for one to play. Weird..(Report)Reply

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  • anonymous (5/14/2020 9:40:00 AM)

    i believe its actually nota sonnet as sonnets have 14 lines and this only has 12. nevertheless this is an extraordinary poem.(Report)Reply

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  • None better (5/4/2020 9:46:00 AM)

    Cannot think of a more a better thing to say(Report)Reply

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  • John Drummond (4/30/2020 10:46:00 AM)

    Could not have chosen better words or a way to express at this event.(Report)Reply

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  • Deanie Gallimore (4/10/2020 12:31:00 PM)

    May I share this poem on FB please? My daughter is hurting from her Daddy's recent passing. This just seems so fitting.Thank you.(Report)Reply

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  • Palitha Jayasinghe (4/8/2020 7:46:00 AM)

    I am used to weeping at my wife’s small memorial.This poem sounds like her voice.(Report)Reply

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  • Alison MujatiAlison Mujati (3/29/2020 12:11:00 PM)

    A good classic one, one new day(Report)Reply

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  • Vihaan GuptaVihaan Gupta (3/28/2020 1:13:00 AM)

    Masterfully written! This poem stands in a league of its own (as my professor, Sanjeev Nanda would say) , it evokes such positivity, while being grim in context. The inevitability of death, is overshadowed by the relief it offers - mourn not for the departed, they have merely ascended to a better condition.(Report)Reply

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  • Chris Couzens (3/12/2020 1:02:00 PM)

    My Sister has just died, I feel so sad, but this helps.(Report)Reply

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  • Kangaroo K. Klub (3/8/2020 10:14:00 PM)

    Peoms very gay, yes.Already ReportedReply

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  • m.fran (3/3/2020 12:44:00 PM)

    This i want read at my funeral.Already ReportedReply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 27, 2013