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The Dash

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evansmummy Mon 25-May-09 22:56:14

Anyone have the words to this poem they can post for me? I'm trying to choose something to read at my brother's interment next week.

TIA

Ledodgy Mon 25-May-09 22:59:54

Is it this one?
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 her 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?

Ledodgy Mon 25-May-09 23:02:41

Sorry for your loss. x

evansmummy Tue 02-Jun-09 09:08:05

Thanks, ledodgy. I'd forgotten I'd asked this, so much going on in my head atm. But thank you, this was the one I was after.

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