Steven Cummins wrote the poem below while he was a soldier on active
service in Northern Ireland. He left it in an envelope for his parents if he
were to be killed. He was. Is this true? What year was his period of service?
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.
He didn't actually write the poem but it was found amongst his belongings. The poem is anonymous, some claims have been made to it being a Navaho prayer in some form or other. I think Steven Cummins died sometime around 1995-2000. He was only young so period of service not long.