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I am not here.
Posted by: Unruhe (---.c3-0.smr-ubr1.sbo-smr.ma.cable.rcn.c)
Date: May 06, 2004 11:47PM

Greetings, all.

I am looking for a particular poem, I think it was written by a soldier who fought in World War One. It gives the best impression of soldiers who have fought so long and hard that they have lost their sense of self I have ever read. It has a recurring line of 'I am not here'. However, that like stands on its own, I do not think it starts with 'Do not weep for me'. Any pointers will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Re: I am not here.
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 07, 2004 12:14AM

Here you go:

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.


Re: I am not here.
Posted by: Unruhe (---.c3-0.smr-ubr1.sbo-smr.ma.cable.rcn.c)
Date: May 07, 2004 12:23AM

I am sorry, but that is not it. I am fairly certain the one I am thinking of does NOT have the line 'Do not weep for me' in it. The line was definately 'I am not here' not 'I am not there', and this line seemed to be on its own. It was most certainly written by a soldier, at the front, possibly in World War One, maybe during World War Two. My apologies, I know you mean well, but I am certain that is not it. Thanks, anyway.

Re: I am not here.
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 07, 2004 01:32AM

Unruhe, I couldn't find anything appropriate with that line. There is one with the line by Edgar Lee Masters, but I'm sure that's not it. Here's my favorite one with the line:

I Am Not Here

I Am Not Here,
Search Your Heart,
I Am There.


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