offers these beautiful poems for your
pleasure and enjoyment.
We hope that they bring you comfort, peace
and contentment. You are free
to use them as you wish,
we have borrowed them from others
so that we might share them with you.
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 awake in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of
quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry
…I am not there. I did not die.
A life is like a song we write
In our own tone and key.
Each life we touch reflects a note
That forms the melody.
We choose the theme and chorus of
The song to bear our name,
And each will have a special sound
–No two can be the same.
So, when someone we love departs,
In memory we find,
Their song plays on, within the hearts
Of those they leave behind.
She always leaned to watch for us,
Anxious if we were late.
In winter by the window,
In summer by the gate.
And though we mocked her tenderly,
Who had such foolish care,
The long way home would seem more safe
Because she waited there.
Her thoughts were all so full of us,
She never could forget,
And so I think that where she is,
She must be watching yet.
Waiting till we come home to here,
Anxious if we are late – –
Watching from heaven’s window,
Leaning from heaven’s gate.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
As yes, these things I too, will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much,
Good friends, good times,
A loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now
with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.
God looked around His garden, and
He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this earth,
And saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you,
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He only takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering,
He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting wide,
And the hills harder to climb, so
He closed your weary eyelids,
And whispered, “Peace be thine.”
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone
For a part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.
One night a man had a dream. He
dreamed he was walking along the beach
with the Lord. Across the sky
flashed scenes from his life. For each
scene, he noticed two sets of footprints
in the sand; one belonging to him
and the other to the Lord
When the last scene of his life
flashed before him, he looked back at
the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many
times along the path of his life, there was
only one set of footprints. He also noticed
that it happened at the very lowest
and saddest times of his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned
the Lord about it. “Lord, You said that once
I decided to follow You, You’d walk with me
all the way. But, I’ve noticed that during the
most troublesome times of my life, there is
only one set of footprints. I don’t
understand why, when I needed you the most,
you would leave me.
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious
child. I love you and I would never leave
you. During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”