The first I saw of this lovely poem was in a 1996 year book of BBC poems reviewed by Griff Rhys-Jones and it has such good resonance.
Do you happen to know who wrote it? I haven't been able to find it. Thanks!
Well - it is subject of much speculation and we have 'one' version of a young British soldier killed in Northern Ireland whilst peacekeeping and in a premonition of his death he left this poem sealed in an envelope to be opened by family. I think that was in the BBC book and many have laid claim but few have pinned it down.
Thank you very much, Brian. I was starting to get frustrated in my search for who wrote it. Trying to Google search it gets you several variations of the poem, but nothing on who originally wrote it. The fact that you said that the origins are debatable leaves me feeling better that I have come no closer to an answer than anyone else.
Very poignant words for everyone who has suffered a loss of a loved one ...Haggs...
Yes it is, Haggs. It tugged at my heart the first time I read it. Peace be with you.
Hey Brian, I got this information out of wikipedia.
Do not stand at my grave and weep is a poem written by Mary Elizabeth Frye. Although the origin of the poem was disputed until later in her life, Mary Frye's authorship was confirmed in 1998 after research by Abigail Van Buren, a newspaper columnist.
It never mentions in all the articles about it that I read, when she wrote it.
Super find Brent, it's good to know; my wife Bisera has also just piped up that as part of her English as a second language course in 2004 they had this as course work and the ownership was unknown to the college so I shall get her to call over and put the info there way just in case......hope all's well - I am busy outside landscaping the grounds at present and have a set of outdoor steps followed by a Car port and front porch to construct - my daughter has just been rushed in an hour ago with her waters broken and looks like I could be a grandad tonight or early tomorrow 22nd / 23rd
You are most certainly welcome Brian and CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming blessing. I will pray that mother and child see safely through. Good luck with your landscaping, if I lived closer I would always be willing to lend a hand. As always peace be with you, my friend. I hope your next few days are full of happiness and warmth.
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