An interesting find

A song in my heart...
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An interesting find

Post by Dark Waters » Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:23 pm

this was something forwarded to me:

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

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 sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am 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
Last edited by Dark Waters on Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:19 am, edited 1 time in total.
I'm living in the Shadows and the Night,
Wrapped in warm darkness, safe and sure.
My Path shines by the Moon's fragile light,
It frees my Mind and keeps my Heart pure.

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Post by Windwalker » Thu Aug 09, 2007 5:26 am

Yes, one of my favourite funeral poems. I think I found the probable author somewhere, on wikipedia probably, but I'm too tired to go look for it right now.
si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes

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Post by Dark Waters » Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:18 am

Someone on another board apparently found the author and story behind the poem, so I have editted it to attribute it properly.

Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-2004) was a housewife from Baltimore USA, when a visiting friend's mother died, and this prompted Mary Frye to compose the verse, which she said was her first real attempt to write poetry. The friend was a young German Jewish girl called Margaret Schwarzkopf, who felt unable to visit her dying mother in Germany due to the anti-Semitic feeling at home. This led to Margaret Schwarzkopf's comment to Mary Frye, according to the apparent history of this, that she had been denied the chance to 'stand by her mother's grave and shed a tear'. This seemingly was the inspirational prompt for Mary Fry to write the verse, which (in various forms) has for decades now touched and comforted many thousands of people, especially at times of loss and bereavement. Mary Frye, it is said, wrote the poem on a brown paper shopping bag. Apparently in an interview since writing the poem Frye said that the 'words just came to her', and she also said that she wrote her poetry to bring comfort and pleasure to others, rather than to profit from its publication.
I'm living in the Shadows and the Night,
Wrapped in warm darkness, safe and sure.
My Path shines by the Moon's fragile light,
It frees my Mind and keeps my Heart pure.

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Post by Crazy Healer Lady » Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:20 am

Very beautiful ...
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