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Q: Poem about death ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: Poem about death
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: donnaheller-ga
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Posted: 25 Jun 2002 17:32 PDT
Expires: 25 Jul 2002 17:32 PDT
Question ID: 33228
I am looking for the text of a poem that begins "Do not stand at my
grave and weep."  I have heard that it is a Native American poem.
Subject: Re: Poem about death
Answered By: juggler-ga on 25 Jun 2002 18:07 PDT

The poem is called "Goodbye." 

Although many web sites list the author as unknown, a few such as
Self-Help magazine attribute the poem to Gwydion Pendderwen.

Here is the text:

"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 circling flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there. I did not die."

Source: Self-Help magazine

Here is more information about Gwydion Pendderwen from a web page
devoted to him on a web site called "PSYCHE VAN HET FOLK":

Gwydion was also known as "Tom Delong."
See the results of this Google search:

Search terms: "stand at my grave and weep"

I hope this helps.
Subject: Re: Poem about death
From: blader-ga on 25 Jun 2002 18:12 PDT
There are also many sources that attribute the poem to one Mary E.
Frye, written in 1932.

Here are some links to make such an attribution:

Best Regards,
Subject: Re: Poem about death
From: juggler-ga on 25 Jun 2002 19:47 PDT
Thanks, blader.

I notice that the a few other "authors" cited are:

"Joyce Fossen"

"Dayton Edwards"

The Hopi tribe:!OpenDocument
Subject: Re: Poem about death
From: mr_unix-ga on 25 Jun 2002 21:32 PDT
I was actually able to find a site showing two different versions of
the poem and attributing two different authors.

have a look at this:

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