Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Dash Poem

I went to a funeral today for a 22 year old. She was a passenger in a car that ran a stop sign and hit another car killing her and the driver of the other car less than a mile from her home. Her Uncle read this poem and I thought it was thoughtful and beautiful.

The Dash Poem

I read of a man who stood to speak, at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on this tombstone from beginning ….to the end.

He noted that first came his date of birth and spoke the following with tears.
But he said what mattered most of all, was the dash in between those years.

For the dash represents, all the time 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 most 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 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’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 and how your spent your dash?

by Linda Ellis
You used your dash well Carolyn, can't wait for the reunion.
Carolyn J. Merrill May 3, 1985 - May 24, 2007


Cat said...

Laura--I am so sorry to hear about this. with love...

Mona said...

So sorry to hear of another loss in your life. Too much suffering for your gentle heart.

S.C. said...

Very sorry for your loss.

But listen, Linda Ellis is going around suing people who post her poem on the internet.

My friend posted the poem on his site because he really liked it then was threatened to get sued.