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    A Wonderful Poem- "The Dash"

    "The Dash"


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

    He noted that first came her dat of birth
    And spoke the following dates with tears
    But he said what mattered most of all
    Was the dash bewtween thoose years (1934-1998)

    For the 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 alway 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 befor.

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

    So, when you eulogy's being read
    With your life's actions to rehash
    Would you be proud of the things they say
    About how you spent your dash?
    By: Linda Ellis



    Today in school we read this and had to write our feelings aobut it. I LOVED this poem so i asked my teacher for a copy of it and i decided to share it with you all.

    ~Kay, Athena, Ace, Kiara, Mufasa, & Alice!
    "So baby take a axe to your makeup kit
    Set ablaze the billboards and their advertisements
    Love with all your hearts and never forget
    How good it feels to be alive
    And strive for your desire"

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    I like that Poem. I think my "dash" should be a ~ mark, with all of lifes little ups and downs.
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    thanks for the poem, it was a good read.

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    That is really good and something to think about too. Thanks for sharing.

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    I've had that poem for years. It's been on most of the genealogy lists that I've been on. I copied it for everyone at school a couple of years ago and it went over big there too.

    One of my favorites.


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    Originally posted by mugsy
    I've had that poem for years. It's been on most of the genealogy lists that I've been on. I copied it for everyone at school a couple of years ago and it went over big there too.

    One of my favorites.
    Our teacher got it when the old principal left our school last year. I loved it.

    ~Kay, Athena, Ace, Kiara, Mufasa, & Alice!
    "So baby take a axe to your makeup kit
    Set ablaze the billboards and their advertisements
    Love with all your hearts and never forget
    How good it feels to be alive
    And strive for your desire"

    -rx bandits

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