World Poetry Day is celebrated every year on March 21. Different types of poetry have trended during different eras, and undergone transformations. But from sonnets to rap lyrics, the core purpose of poetry remains the same—to explore the human condition and invoke emotion through words. Today, instead of a short literary quote, we share a short poem:
Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
by Mary Elizabeth Frye
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 circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.