In Memory

The Dash Poem

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of his 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.
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’s actions to rehash...
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent your dash?

by Linda Ellis


Alba Yanira Cruz Ramirez

DECEASED in 2003 per our research.

Natashia C. Dale

DECEASED in 2009 per our research.

Kimberly Smith

DECEASED in 2009 per our research.

James Walter Stone, Jr.

DECEASED in 2001 per our research.

Ronald D. Votjko
Amy Lynn Slocum

September 3, 1971 to May 25, 1988

Diann Gant
Doyle Taylor
Robin Spiers

Fellow Knights, it is with a heavy heart I must tell you God called, Robin Spires
Home early this morning. God bless you Robin and your family. You will never be forgotten. Please keep her family in your prayers.


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