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When was 'I Did not Die' written?

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If you mean this poem, it is anonymous, no one knows when it was written

I Did Not Die

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's 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 star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there;

I did not die.

- Anon - The above poem does indeed have a known author. I found the poem on the internet with the following history: Written at least 50 years ago, this poem has been attributed at different times to J.T. Wiggins (an English emigre to America), two Americans: Mary E. Fry and Marianne Reinhardt, and more recently to Stephen Cummins, a British soldier killed in Northern Ireland who left a copy for his relatives. Others claim it is a Navajo burial prayer. The following was taken from The London Magazine December / January 2005:

"Mary Elizabeth Frye nee Clark was born in Dayton, Ohio, on November 13th 1905. She dies on September 15th 2004. Mary Frye, who was living in Baltimore at the time, wrote the poem in 1932. She had never written any poetry, but the plight of a German Jewish girl, Margaret Schwarzkopf,who was staying with her and her husband, inspired the poem. She wrote it down on a brown paper shopping bag.

Margaret Schwarzkopf had been worrying about her mother, who was ill in Germany. The rise of Anti-Semitism had made it unwise for her to join her mother. When her mother died, she told Mary Frye she had not had the chance to stand by her mother's grave and weep.

Mary Frye circulated the poem privately. Because she never published or copyrighted it, there is no definitive version. She wrote other poems, but this, her first, endured. Her obituary in The Times made it clear that she was the undisputed author this famous poem, which has been recited at funerals and on other appropriate occasions around the world for seventy years. A 1996 Bookworm poll named it the Nation's Favourite Poem"[London Magazine Editor, Sebastian Barker]

Or there is this one by Rosalie Ferrer Kramer. Written roughly about 10 to 12 years ago.

I DID NOT DIE

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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