The Dash

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  1. jourdo

    jourdo TFW2005 Supporter

    Aug 12, 2004
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    I got back from the funeral of my wife's cousin today. I knew him, but didn't know him that well. One of those relatives you talk to at family functions, but a very nice guy none the less. This poem was read at his service and it actually got to me and made me think about my life. Thought I would share it for those that have not heard it before.

    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 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.
    (You could be at "dash midrange.")

    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's being read
    with your life's actions to rehash...
    would you be proud of the things they
    say about how you spend your dash?

    R.I.P. Scott Brander (1978 - 2008)
  2. Bryan

    Bryan ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    Sep 8, 2005
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    Word. You never really arrive anywhere--it's all about how you spend the trip.

    And I have a lot of things I still need to do, but I'm really fortunate in that I could die tomorrow and not regret my life so far. There's a peace in that for me.
  3. KA

    KA Well-Known Member

    Jul 23, 2003
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    not a poem but this particular u2 song really spoke to me:

    I have a lover
    A lover like no other
    She got soul, soul, soul, sweet soul
    And she teach me how to sing
    Shows me colours when there's none to see
    Gives me hope when I can't believe
    That for the first time
    I feel love

    I have a brother
    When I'm a brother in need
    I spend my whole time running
    He spends his running after me
    When I feel myself going down
    I just call and he comes around
    But for the first time
    I feel love

    My father is a rich man
    He wears a rich man's cloak
    Gave me the keys to his kingdom coming
    Gave me a cup of gold
    He said I have many mansions
    And there are many rooms to see
    But I left by the back door
    And I threw away the key

    For the first time
    I feel love
  4. kasper0v

    kasper0v Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2006
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    live it up while you can, fellas--Our collective dash ends in late December, 2012.
  5. Sideways

    Sideways Banned

    May 17, 2006
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    2012?!?! oh man. i'll be 28...
    gonna get meh some hookers and go out with a bang...or two...

    ( 800th post..yay.)
  6. Team Jetfire

    Team Jetfire Pop-POP!

    Apr 27, 2006
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    Both great words jourdo and KA.

    Sad to also hear about your wife's Cuz, as he was so young....hope his 'dash' was full of the good stuff.


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