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Poems show up in all the most unexpected places. This time it was the Sunday, January 6, 2008 episode of Desperate Housewives…yes, Desperate Housewives. Ok. I knew you wouldn’t believe me…but I have video to prove it.

 The poem was written by Mary Frye in 1932 and is entitled Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep. You can read it here.  The story of its creation is a poignant one. Apparently Mrs. Frye wrote it to comfort a young Jewish girl who was forced to leave her dying mother in Germany.

As for the Housewives, the episode is entitled “Welcome to Kanagawa.” The poem is recited by Mrs. McCluskey as she and Lynette prepare to spread the ashes of a neighbor on a softball field.

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