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Diet & Health / 12:52 AM - Saturday January 12, 2008

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Help... yes I've googled and everything else on the Internet....

About 10 years ago, I heard a poem called "The Dash"

no idea who wrote it,,, it is about every thing that the dash between the birth date and death date on a tombstone, stands for...

have you ever heard it?
where could I find it?

- Asked by iluvmyblujeep, A Cool Mom, Female, 36-45, St.Louis, Financial / Banking

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The Dash Poem

by Linda Ellis

http://www.lindaslyrics .com/thedashpoem.html

- Response by mc2000, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 36-45, Toronto

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Afterall the time I've spent on earth, its gone by in such a flash



I'd like my life to be more than just two numbers and a dash



A childhood non-existant of the sound of my own laugh



Will this too, be included in the two numbers and the dash?



The thoughts of all my long gone friends; within my mind I stash



I'd like my life to be more than just two numbers and a dash



The one who stole an innocent child, and left her like the trash



I wish that this would not be included within the dash



The thoughts of a life drawing to an end; while others shuffle past



I wonder if they realize too, that their life is in the dash?



I'd like to say my life has been a party and a bash



But, what I fear most of all are the two numbers and the dash.





A Life Within The Dash
by Shirley A Parkerson





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- Response by kravenmoorehed, A Rebel, Male, 46-55, Artist / Musician / Writer

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The Dash, by Linda M. Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning – to the end.
He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most was the dash between those years.
For the dash represents all the time that she spent alive on Earth…
And now only those who loved her know what little that line is worth.
For it matters not how much we own: The cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard…Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left – you could be at “dash mid-range”.
If we could just slow down enough to consider what's true and real
And always try to understand the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more,
and love the people in our lives like we've never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect, and more often wear a smile…
Remembering that this special dash might only last a while.
So when your eulogy's being read with your life actions to rehash…
Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?

- Response by steve67, A Rebel, Male, Who Cares?

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The Dash Poem
by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end

He noted that first came her date of he birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?


I would welcome your comments on this poem.

© lovelyjeanu., all rights reserved.

http://lovelyjeanu.sule kha.com/blog/post/2007/ 01/the-dash-poem.htm

- Response by karmak, A Life of the Party, Female, 29-35, Other Profession

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yes
life isnt the dates of birth & death
but the Dashes in between
birth
teen years
marraige
death
divorce its more than a dash

- Response by kravenmoorehed, A Rebel, Male, 46-55, Artist / Musician / Writer

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I see someone had the answer for you! It's a beautiful poem. I'll be keeping it!

- Response by lacey07, A Life of the Party, Female, Who Cares?, Other Profession

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You can have my dash. I'm not using it.

- Response by dragonblade, A Rebel, Male, Who Cares?, Artist / Musician / Writer

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www.dashpoemmovie.com A friend just sent me that a few days ago. It is so true!

- Response by hulagirl55, A Sportif, Female, Who Cares?, Who Cares?

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