Wednesday, May 09, 2007

"I do not die"

We’ve had a highly publicized death recently in our community—that of an Iraq veteran, 24, who survived his tour of duty only to be killed in a car accident while finishing college in Florida. He happens to be the son of one of my colleagues in my networking group. Today’s the wake, tomorrow the funeral. I post this poem in honor of him. [To read about this poem and see different versions of it, click here.]

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful 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.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

Much love to the family of Jeovanni Lopez.

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At 5/09/2007 08:52:00 AM, Anonymous #1 sis said...

something's different... are you redesigning? love the new pic! this poem is beautiful, haven't read it in years, thanks for printing it.

At 5/09/2007 09:09:00 AM, Blogger Kate said...

so grateful to know that your young friend's family will have you nearby willing to lovingly walk them through this time...hugs, Kate

At 5/09/2007 09:12:00 AM, Blogger PtCakes said...

Thanks for posting this poem. It's beautiful.


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