Immortality by Clare Harner

Immortality
1934

Do not stand
By my grave, and weep.
I am not there,
I do not sleep—
I am the thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints in snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle, autumn rain.
As you awake with morning’s hush,
I am the swift, up-flinging rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight,
I am the day transcending night.
Do not stand
By my grave, and cry—
I am not there,
I did not die

Clare Harner

Clare Harner
Born: 1 October 1909, Kansas, USA
Nationality: American
Died: 27 January 1977, California, USA

Harner’s original poem ‘Immortality’ was printed in the Kansas City Times in February 1935. The poem’s popularity surged in 1979 after it was read as a graveside eulogy in the movie Better Late Than Never. Harner was identified as the author of the poem by columnist Bettelou Paterson in 1981.

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