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Rhiannon
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0 posted 08-11-99 09:44 PM       View Profile for Rhiannon   Email Rhiannon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rhiannon's Home Page   View IP for Rhiannon

I didn't write this poem, i found it at school. it's very inspirational.

HOW DO YOU LIVE YOUR DASH?

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 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 the 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's being read
With your life actions to rehash,
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

Author Unknown.

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Balladeer
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1 posted 08-11-99 09:47 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

This is truly a wonderful, wonderful poem. Thank you SO much for sharing it with us.
Delores Hall
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2 posted 08-11-99 09:57 PM       View Profile for Delores Hall   Email Delores Hall   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Delores Hall

It's good to remind people from time to
time to show love and compassion for the
people they love most.
poetFemmeFatale
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3 posted 08-11-99 10:38 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Really beautiful....wish we knew who the author is so we could give credit where credit is due....thanks for sharing it....very nice....makes you think.

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- poet FemmeFatale

"The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone..." Henrik Ibsen (1826-1906) Norwegian dramatist lyric poet

Sally S.
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4 posted 08-11-99 11:03 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Thank You for sharing this beautiful piece. Thought provoking to be sure.
angel girl
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5 posted 08-12-99 05:16 AM       View Profile for angel girl   Email angel girl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for angel girl

Wow, this really makes you think about your life. Great job.

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
-William Shakespeare

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6 posted 02-11-2002 07:13 PM       View Profile for RosePetal   Email RosePetal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RosePetal

very thought-provoking
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