Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep

My mom sent me this poem called “do not stand at my grave and weep the other day and the words of the poem really touched me. It’s that kind of poem that you want to put on your wall as the reminder of hope when you need it the most. Read for yourself and let me know your thoughts.

Mary Elizabeth Clark Frye

The writer of this poem is called Mary Elizabeth Clark Frye, who was born in 1905 in Dayton, Ohio. Mary was a housewife and florist who at the age of twelve moved to Baltimore, Maryland. Frye wrote this poem after hearing that her friend’s mom would die soon. The young Jewish girl named Margaret Schwarzkopf stayed with the Frye household and had been unable to visit her dying mother in Germany because of anti-Semitic unrest.

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.

However, 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 below is believed to be the correct, original version of the poem.


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 sun 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 circling flight.

I am the soft star-shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there; I did not die.

Author of this poem – Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)

Last note

Do not stand at my grave and weep is a powerful first line of a poem that might be even more powerful too. Let me know your thoughts.

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