Meditations before Kaddish

When I die, give what’s left of me away
to children and old men that wait to die.
And if you need to cry,
cry for your brother walking the street beside you.
And when you need me, put your arms around anyone
and give them what you need to give me.

I want to leave you something.
something better than words or sounds.
Look for me in the people I’ve known or loved,
and if you cannot give me away,
at least let me live in your eyes and not in your mind.

You can love me best by letting hands touch hands,
and by letting go of children that need to be free.
Love doesn’t die, people do.
So, when all that’s left of me is love,
give me away.

1 comment

  1. I first heard this poem on a NCIS episode and it went very deep into me. I went in search of it’s origin and found it came from “Meditations Before Kiddish”. I am not Jewish but the belief of this meditation is is very sound and should be in all religions. I am slowly dying, when and how long I don’t know. I plan on duplicating this and sending it to my sister’s and three children before I die. I hope it will bring comfort to them when I die. I thank the Lord and Jesus that I found this “Meditations Before Kaddish”.
    If you ever want to send me any information, please do.

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