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.
Mary Elizabeth Frye
An American housewife and florist Mary Elizabeth Frye was best known as the author of the poem Do not stand at my grave and weep, written in 1932.
She was an avid reader with a remarkable memory.
Do not stand at my grave and weep poem was inspired by the tale of a young Jewish girl named Margaret Schwarzkopf and it was originally composed on a brown paper shopping bag.
The girl used to stay with the Frye household and had been unable to visit her dying mother in Germany because of anti-Semitic unrest. Frye made many copies of this poem and circulated them privately. She never published or copyrighted the poem.