Poem, “Give My Love Away”

Loosely based on a Hebrew prayer, after attending service at a synagogue after 17 years.


Give My Love Away


To my dearest love,

Do not hold my love tightly when I have gone

Give it to the frail elderly and to children

Share it with others who are in need

Do not keep it tightly bound in your arms

But let it shine forth from your heart and in your eyes

Open your arms and give it away freely

In this way, my love lives on

In this way, you honor my living

And celebrate my life.

Instead of merely mourning my death

Embrace others firmly and give my love away


Neal Klein
Life After Emilee, on the loss of my wife to pancreatic cancer. I’m not accepting comments right now but please feel free to get in touch via my Contact page.