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Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
Mary Elizabeth Frye


Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

This poem is in the public domain.



Mary Elizabeth Clark Frye (1905-2004) was born in Dayton, Ohio, and was orphaned at the age of three. A housewife and florist who lived in Baltimore, Maryland, after marrying, she wrote this poem after learning that a friend's mother had died. Because Mary was not a recognized poet, and because this poem was never officially published or copyrighted, there has been much debate over its origins and many different people have tried to claim it as their own or have written variations on the original. Extensive research has generally, if not fully, confirmed Mary to be the author. Based on a CBC Radio interview with Mary Frye in 2000, the above is believed to be the correct, original version of the poem.


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I am so happy to find this. I will read it in my mother's virtual life celebration next week.
Posted 08/12/2020 02:01 PM
Beautiful...just simply beautiful.
Posted 04/01/2015 05:07 PM
As an elderly person on the brink - this is a wonderful poem. I have written a poem on the same theme. It is on Open Mike - if anyone is interested.
Posted 04/01/2015 01:03 AM
Thanks for finding this and doing due diligence on the ownership.
Posted 03/31/2015 01:00 AM

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