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

  • Muhiba Naik Muhiba Naik (7/14/2016 1:30:00 AM)

    It's so beautiful! Just so beautiful (Report) Reply

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  • Bri Edwards Bri Edwards (7/1/2016 2:08:00 PM)

    Where shall they all weep when i am gone?
    Shall they weep by the dandelions in a lawn?
    Shall they weep as they pass the new landfill?
    I guess they'll weep where and when they will.

    i don't suppose so many people would consider MY poem as beautiful as yours.

    yours will end up in MyPoemList today.

    bri ;)

    p.s. i saw this listed as one of another poet's favorite. (Report) Reply

  • Zubiya Surti Zubiya Surti (6/25/2016 11:29:00 AM)

    One of my favorite poems.. Its is just so beautiful..
    'Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    i am not there. i do not sleep' (Report) Reply

  • Linda Collins Linda Collins (6/11/2016 11:40:00 PM)

    One of the most beautiful poems I've ever read and I wish I could listen to that type of music all night. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/10/2016 3:40:00 PM)

    This is one of the most beautiful heart-piercing poems I have ever read. It is comfort and kindness, therefore I think it is a disservice to the author to try to start an argument about whether it's about an afterlife or a dust-to-dust conclusion. Let it be what comforts you- - let it be what comforts your loved ones- - let it be what comforts others- -just let it be what it is... lovely (Report) Reply

  • Abhishek Singh (6/3/2016 11:07:00 AM)

    Beautiful thought.....
    Nicely put into words..... (Report) Reply

  • Khaled Ehtesham Khaled Ehtesham (5/29/2016 11:45:00 PM)

    its just an extraordinary thoughtful poem.. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Scarcelli (5/22/2016 12:17:00 PM)

    In michigan, I would walk the fields of our farm and on cool mornings, as I past a flock of grain stealers, that would in an awesome rush, take flight, beautiful enough to forgot how much food they stole. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Billsborough (5/22/2016 2:50:00 AM)

    What a beautiful Sonnet. Such a shame there are no other examples of her work.
    It has an unforgettable melody.
    Tom Billsborough (Report) Reply

  • Kwizeera Ezekiel Kwizeera Ezekiel (5/15/2016 3:28:00 AM)

    Indeed..! (Report) Reply

  • Hussain (5/11/2016 10:02:00 AM)

    A profounding poemwith each word being seranaded in my ears (Report) Reply

  • Kathy Dale (4/28/2016 8:53:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem that had touched my heart at a very sad time in my life. (Report) Reply

  • Seren Grant (4/20/2016 2:38:00 PM)

    it is a beautiful poem, I sung it at my grandpa's funeral (Report) Reply

  • Richard Wlodarski (4/10/2016 7:59:00 AM)

    The poet and poem deserve Ode To Joy. Truly a profound poem that shines a bright light on the afterlife. (Report) Reply

    Seren Grant (4/20/2016 2:37:00 PM)

    it is a beautiful poem though

    Seren Grant (4/20/2016 2:35:00 PM)

    very poetic
    its not about the afterlife
    its talking about ashes to ashes type stuff how you will live on through nature and the world around you

  • Bayzid Ahmed (4/8/2016 2:06:00 PM)

    can anybody tell me who sing this? (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren Tapan M. Saren (3/8/2016 2:59:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem Mary... (Report) Reply

    Seren Grant (4/20/2016 2:36:00 PM)

    she died about 12 years ago m8, bit late

  • Adelami Smart Adelami Smart (2/18/2016 11:39:00 AM)

    wow i love this poem, the soul had travel beyond (Report) Reply

  • Judith Blatherwick (2/7/2016 7:13:00 AM)

    This poem is my all time favourite. It invokes feelings of extreme sadness, but also happiness and beauty. It makes me cry and smile. A masterpiece. (Report) Reply

  • Tilly Boesche-zacharow Tilly Boesche-zacharow (2/5/2016 3:05:00 PM)

    What a wonderful song.I And I have weeped so long,
    because I´m remembering to my young son.
    For him the eternity begun.
    Tilly Boesche-Zacharow, Berlin

    Sorry, my English is very bad (Report) Reply

    Judith Blatherwick (2/9/2016 7:31:00 AM)

    Please do not apologise for your English. Your comment was beautiful. My heart felt for you.

  • Mithilesh Yadav Mithilesh Yadav (2/1/2016 6:56:00 AM)

    The body is i and soul is I........ i can die but I is immortal.......... grrt penned (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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