Monday, February 25, 2008

I saw this at my chiropractor's office.

The Dash
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 the date of her birth
And spoke of 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?

© 1996 Linda Ellis


Aunt Jo said...

I love that poem. It makes you stop and think......and try not to sweat the small stuff, make some memories, smell some flours and baby toes, play more, clean less, snuggle with someone you love, forgive someone you are mad at, smile at a stranger, eat chocolate, try a new recipe, look at a photo album, cry when you are sad, laugh til you cry, take a long bath, swim naked, sleep on nice clean crisp sheets, enjoy a nice candle........

Aunt Jo said...

ha! i wrote smell some f-l-o-u-r-s! about whole wheat, rye, or rice. hahahaha!!

Uncle Joe said...

AJ's making me teary eyed.
I'll buy her some flour today.

Seeker said...

Great poem.
Hey, flour can smell really good. Especially when it's pizza dough.

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