The way many of you cannot know,
I’ve seen death take others
But still left me here below.
I’ve heard many screams and many cried
But death refused to hear.
And in my life I’ve seen faces
filled with many a tear.
After death has come and gone
the tombstone still left for many to see.
It’s no more than a symbol of a persons memory.
I’ve seen my share of tombstones
But never took the time to truly read.
Under the person’s name
it read the date of birth, dash
and the date the person passed.
The more I think about the tombstone
the only important thing is the dash.
Yes, I see the name of the person
but that I might forget
And I also read the date of birth and death
But even that might not stick.
But thinking about the individual
Because it represents a person’s life
and that will always last.
So when you begin to chart your life
Make sure you’re on a positive path.
Because people may forget your birth and death
but will never forget your dash.
-Alton Mayden Univ. of Notre Dame Football 1989
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