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To All My Loved Ones

Posted by cotojo on June 7, 2007

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 glint on snow
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there – I did not die.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awake 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.

Following quote from:

About the Song
This poem first came to notice when it was reproduced in the Daily Mail, March 10th, 1989. It had been enclosed with a letter sent by Stephen Cummins, a young soldier, to his parents, to be opened only in the event of his death.

Stephen died on March 9th when a landmine blew up beneath his Landrover in Londonderry. The poem immediately caught the public’s imagination and it was hailed in the press as “the most requested poem in the English language in the past 60 years” and “the poem that takes the nation by storm.”

There have been many claims as to the origin of this poem, but the following pdf document is worth reading:

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