My father unexpectedly passed away a week ago. While going through his many books, a newspaper clipping with this poem fell out of one:
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 starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
I can’t help but feel that he’d have wanted me to find it.
The newspaper clipping attributed it to “Author Unknown” but it has since been attributed to Mary Elizabeth Frye.