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Thread #34329   Message #469454
Posted By: Peg
24-May-01 - 10:24 AM
Thread Name: Music and Poems for a Funeral
Subject: RE: Music and Poems for a Funeral
I am so sorry for your loss. To lose someone suddenly, especially a relatively young person, is so shocking and painful. I am thinking of you and yours today.

I lost two young friends; one was murdered several years ago; another died in a sudden car accident this past January.

I read a poem at his funeral in New York, and sang at a memorial service we had for him in Boston.

The poem:

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 glint on snow.
I am the gentle autumn rain,
I am the sun on ripened grain
When you awake in the morning hush,
I am the soft uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the stars that shine at night.
Oh, do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there. I did not die.

The song I sang is also of unknown origin to me; I have heard several versions and crafted my own:

Spirit of the Wind, carry me.
Spirit of the Wind, carry me home.
Spirit of the Wind, carry me home to myself.

Spirit of the Earth, mother of birth
Spirit of the Sky, eagle flying high
Spirit of the Wind, carry me.
Spirit of the Wind, carry me home.
Spirit of the Wind, carry me home to myself.

Spirit of the Dawn, help us be reborn
Spirit of the Night, give us clear sight,
Spirit of the Wind, carry me.
Spirit of the Wind, carry me home.
Spirit of the Wind, carry me home to myself.

Spirit of the Flame, whisper my name,
Spirit of the Sea, help me to be free,
Spirit of the Wind, carry me.
Spirit of the Wind, carry me home.
Spirit of the Wind, carry me home to myself.