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Don’t let life pass you by, it is far too short...Submitted by Anthony Church


THE DASH.

I READ OF A MAN WHO STOOD TO SPEAK

AT THE FUNERAL OF A FRIEND

HE REFERRED TO THE DATES ON HIS TOMBSTONE

FROM THE BEGINNING ….. TO THE END

HE NOTED THAT FIRST CAME THE DATE OF BIRTH

AND SPOKE THE FOLLOWING DATE WITH TEARS

BUT HE SAID WHAT MATTERED MOST OF ALL

WAS THE DASH BETWEEN THOSE YEARS

FOR THE DASH REPRESENTS ALL THE TIME

THAT HE SPENT ALIVE ON EARTH …

AND HOW ONLY THOSE WHO LOVED HIM

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 WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE

FOR YOU NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT

THAT CAN STILL BE ARRANGED

IF WE COULD CONSIDER WHAT IS 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 HAVE NEVER LOVED BEFORE

IF WE TREAT EACH OTHER WITH RESPECT

AND MORE OFTEN WEAR A SMILE

REMEMBERING THIS SPECIAL DASH

MIGHT ONLY LAST A WHILE

SO, WHEN YOUR EULOGY IS BEING READ

WITH YOUR LIFES ACTIONS TO REHASH...

WOULD YOU BE PROUD OF THE THINGS THEY SAY?

ABOUT HOW YOU SPENT LIFES DASH.


By Linda Ellis, Copyright © 2020 Inspire Kindness www.thedashpoem.com

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Thought provoking Anthony. How do others perceive our 'dash'? Looking back at our 'dash' could we have changed anything or indeed would we want to?

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