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Epitaph Poem

by Merrit Malloy

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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 to me.

Look for me in the people I’ve known
or loved, and if you cannot give me away,
at least let me live on your eyes
and not on your mind.

You can love me most by letting
hands touch hands, by letting
bodies touch bodies, 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.

I’ll see you at home
in the earth.

The poem below, Epitaph, was written by Merrit Malloy and as one of those poems, has become a staple of funeral and memorial service and for good reason. It speaks about love never dying only people, so continue to give away your love to spread it further and do not be sad for the loss of a person.

Poem TitleEpitaph Poem
Poem Writer / AuthorMerrit Malloy
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