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.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Edited: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Form: Sonnet

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Eddy Suwarno (3/9/2015 2:39:00 PM)

    Love this! Very touching. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 648 Points Bharati Nayak (3/9/2015 1:50:00 PM)

    Immortality of love.So much of rhyme and beauty in this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 648 Points Bharati Nayak (3/9/2015 1:47:00 PM)

    Immortality of love.So much of rhyme and beauty in this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 538 Points Pamela Leschevin D'ere (2/18/2015 4:19:00 AM)

    I find this a strange coincidence for I read this poem at a buriel of my aunt - London Kent, about 8 or 10 yrs ago and it was said to have been found in the pocket of a dead soldier, and anonymous. I'd like to know more regarding Mary Elizabeth Frye on this poem, which is wonderful. Panmelys (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 164 Points Musa Ndhlovu (1/9/2015 2:50:00 AM)

    I love the rhyme former and the comparison skill used...

    #BigUp (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 685 Points Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (12/27/2014 8:33:00 PM)

    Love the writer's view of death, which is living in some other form. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,070 Points Soul Watcher (12/10/2014 9:42:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,652 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/11/2014 1:50:00 PM)

    Very beautiful message of hope. I had this poem read during the funeral service of my dear friend who died of lung cancer. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 276 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (11/8/2014 1:46:00 AM)

    I aM in AWE
    I Wish I could write as good as you do
    I wish I could come up with a poem as great as this
    But since I can't yet, ....... then let me just admire these verses you made
    WOW.....HATS OFF (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,486 Points John Richter (10/9/2014 3:12:00 PM)

    My Absolute all-time favorite poem ever. Has been for years. And it's Mary's only poem, written on the back of a napkin. Never published, she gave copies away to friends. For those who don't know Mary housed a Jewish European refugee early in Hitler's rise. Her friend received word that her mother was dying and she was unable to travel back to Europe to see her for fear. But she was absolutely devastated by it all. Mary wrote this poem to help her friends terrible grieving process. It is absolutely perfect. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 0 Points Charlie Hamer (10/19/2014 12:24:00 PM)

    This is mine as well, it made me cry the first time I read it.

  • Rookie - 184 Points Kolade Seun (9/14/2014 11:01:00 AM)

    I cant find your grave, but I can see your words. I can see your face. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/29/2014 11:29:00 PM)

    Glory to be Allah..such a holy desire..The lamp of heaven is shut when tears drip (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,608 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (8/28/2014 12:57:00 AM)

    Fantastic. So expanded human imagination. Here the art gets its positive arena to inspire life to live. May it be romantic yet its nectar wets the crying soul within sometime. Excellent. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,623 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (8/15/2014 6:34:00 PM)

    a long time favorite poem of my liking...I used to have this poem on a magnet on my refrigerator for many years but the name of the poet wasn't on it..I'm glad that mystery has been solved.. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 685 Points Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (8/6/2014 5:47:00 PM)

    Love the rhythm and message. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 248 Points Skywee Gh (8/3/2014 6:27:00 AM)

    do not stand at my grave and weep is a beautiful piece.very nice and short and meaningful.i like it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 25,009 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/9/2014 4:24:00 AM)

    That is the words every one to tell his immediate ones.A very nice good poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anusree Anu (5/4/2014 9:45:00 AM)

    that is what i would tell my family and friends when i die.......
    written so beautifully
    bravo! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,881 Points * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 1:34:00 AM)

    .......energy is also like drops of water which flows back to the source...an amazing write.. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,631 Points Herbert Guitang (4/25/2014 7:36:00 AM)

    Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Memories still live in many generations (Report) Reply

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