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I Did Not Die
by Rosalie Ferrer Kramer
Monday, September 01, 2003
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In my late 50ies and early 60ties, I found that I was beginning to loose famiiy and friends. I wrote this because I felt my loved ones around me, and I wanted others to be comforted by my words. Recently this poem was recited, by a Vietnam Veteran at a memoial flag raising.


Do not stand by my grave and grieve.


I am not there, I did not leave.   

For I’m that distant shining star.

I’m all around you, never far.


I am the sparkle in children’s eyes.               

I paint the blue in the autumn skies.

And in those cool sweet summer eves,

I hide in the shadows the sunshine weaves.


Yes together we laughed and cried,

But now I'm ever at your side.

For as long as I am in your heart,

We'll never really be apart.


So live your life and do be gay,

And look forward to that day,

When somewhere just around the bend,

We will surely meet again.









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Reviewed by Zahala San Simone 11/29/2006
This is so moving and so uplifting. Thank you for sharing this piece with us,

Reviewed by Steven Steinbach (Reader) 11/13/2006
"I Did Not Die" is actually entitled "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep" and has been incorrectly attributed in many places on the internet to Melinda Sue Pacho and various other sources, but it is actually the work of Baltimore housewife Mary Elizabeth Frye (Born Mary Elizabeth Clark in Dayton, Ohio Nov 13, 1905 - Died Sept 15, 2004.).,,60-1344731,00.html

Cheers and Best Regards,

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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ steve steinbach
Reviewed by J M 10/14/2006
Powerful affirmation to life eternal... Beautiful work.

Reviewed by Huda Orfali 5/18/2006
Delightful uplifitng poem
thanks for sharing
love and peace
Reviewed by rita pilbrow carlsson 6/4/2005
5th June 05

Hello Rosalie
I have just discovered your work and I have started off by reading this poem. It said a lot to me. I like the writing style. And it says something!!!
A message for many people to comfort themselves with.
I am a real beginner and at 59 that is hard! But I want to write a book and will get there one day.Have positive energy although, like you, I have experienced many downfalls in life.The most important thing is we don't stay down. My problem is that "appointment with myself" for writing, isn't always so good.I don't get there! Very bad self discipline with other priorities.In fact, I want to write MOST of all,but never seem to give myself the time to do so. Maybe I am afraid. And the fear is indiretcly keeping my dream locked up.I am sure you too,must have re-felt the pain in many sentences when you wrote.I like words that give a message! Thank you!!!!!
I like that you put an issue that most people see as negative into a positive pocket.
Good luck!
Rita from UK living in Southern Sweden.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/3/2005
Well done. Out of the ashes...

Reviewed by Sherry Gibson 3/2/2005
Beautifully written. The mysteries surrounding death are often best described by a true poet. Nice to meet another P/A author here. Your book sounds very interesting.

Reviewed by Janice Engle(rainbows) 11/18/2004
Beautifl!You are a splendid person to have went through such loss. I had three cousins who died with the same thing.God bless you!
Reviewed by Sharon Palmer 6/10/2004
Parallels with Keats too --

Do not stand by my grave and weep:
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain.
I am the field of ripening grain.

I am in the morning hush,
I am in the grateful 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.

So do not stand by my grave and cry.
I am not there.
I did not die.
~John Keats~
Reviewed by Aubrey Hammack 11/20/2003

I love this poem. God Bless
Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 10/7/2003
Interesting the parallels between my poem, A Portal To Glory, and your poem even though I had never seen your poem, and
you undoubtedly wrote it first. I only wrote my 2 days ago.
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