Do not stand at my grave and weep

This is for the people I know who’ve lost close ones in recent weeks, and for all those who know what it feels like to lose someone. WARNING: do not read without kleenex to hand.

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.

To find out more about the poem’s attribution and history, please click here.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. How beautiful and comforting. I think this was once read out in a film, it just sounds familiar….Have you read the one “stop all the clocks”? It’s beautiful too….I think that one was read out in the 4 weddings and a funeral film…

    Thank you for sharing!

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  2. epicurienne says:

    Yes, it is a beautiful poem. I know the one you mean from Four Weddings… It’s by WH Auden, and once again should be printed with a kleenex alert!

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  3. kmbeke says:

    ITS AGOOD POEM BECAUSE IT MAKES ME FEEL SOMETHING. I INDEED LOST MY DAD LAST YEAR AND SOMETIMES WHEN ITHINK OF HIM ON HARD TIMES I DO WEEP! ISOMETIMES I FEEL LIFE HAS GOT NO MEANING TO ME..EXCELLENT POEM! KM.

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