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A Thousand Winds

March 11, 2010

In a comment to previous post, Ayame written a wonderful stanza that sounded very familiar, but I couldn’t figure out why. It is still not clear – I think there is another poem I am forgetting – but I think this is how my mind connected it. It reminded me of a poem “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 in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

This poem was adapted into a song 千の風になって by Man Arai.

私のお墓の前で 泣かないでください
Watashi no ohaka no mae de Nakanai de kudasai
Do not weep at my grave.
そこに私はいません 眠ってなんかいません
Soko ni watashi wa imasen Nemutte nanka imasen
I am not there. I am not sleeping.
千の風に 千の風になって
Sen no kaze ni Sen no kaze ni natte
A thousand winds. I will become a thousand winds.
あの大きな空を 吹きわたっています
Ano ooki na sora wo fukiwatatte imasu
I blow in the great sky.
秋には光になって 畑にふりそそぐ
Aki ni wa hikari ni natte Hatake ni furisosogu
In the autumn, I am the light that falls upon the crop fields.
冬はダイヤのように きらめく雪になる
Fuyu wa daiya no you ni Kirameku yuki ni naru
In the winter, I am the falling snow that shines as a diamond.
朝は鳥になって あなたを目覚めさせる
Asa wa tori ni natte Anata wo mezamesaseru
In the morning, I am the bird to whose song you awake.
夜は星になって あなたを見守る
Yoru wa hoshi ni natte Anata wo mimamoru
At night, I am the stars that watch over you.
私のお墓の前で 泣かないでください
Watashi no ohaka no mae de Nakanai de kudasai
Do not cry at my grave.
そこに私はいません 死んでなんかいません
Soko ni watashi wa imasen Shinde nanka imasen
I am not there. I did not die.
千の風に 千の風になって
Sen no kaze ni Sen no kaze ni natte
As a thousand winds. As a thousand winds.
あの大きな空を 吹きわたっています
Ano ooki na sora wo fukiwatatte imasu
That blow in the great sky.
千の風に 千の風になって
Sen no kaze ni Sen no kaze ni natte
As a thousand winds. As a thousand winds.
あの大きな空を 吹きわたっています
Ano ooki na sora wo fukiwatatte imasu
That blow in the great sky.
あの大きな空を 吹きわたっています
Ano ooki na sora wo Fukiwatatte imasu
I blow in the great sky.

Source: Wiki

5 comments

  1. That is a sweet poem. Sad but also uplifting. Though ‘I am in a quiet room’ sound kind of creepy -_-


    • Yes, it is a nice poem🙂

      haha Well, I guess it depends on your imagination ::P


  2. nice:D relaxing melody, beautiful ,touching lyrics. It speaks of loss, isn’t it? And reincarnation in some way. It makes sense it has native American influences. What happens when someone dies? It turns to dust literally AND to all of these things the poem mentions. It reminded me of Simba (lion King) where the king tells to his son about the circle of life. It also brings memories of a novel by Jostein Gaarder, from the collection “The Diagnosis and Other Stories”.

    Thanks for mentioning my and my boyfriend’s blog🙂 btw I must clarify that the nickname I use on my blog is foxy lady or Kitsune when writing with my Neko (changed it to foxy lady not to confuse anyone with this Kitsune who made me the honor to mention me).

    I also must admit that my stanza wasn’t intended…it came out randomly, hehe


    • One might ask what exactly turns to dust, but that would be another long discussion😉

      You are welcome🙂

      Oh, randomly, you say? That makes it even better! See, you have a natural talent🙂


      • arigatou *blush*



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