The Dash

I’ve seen death stare me in my own eyes?  

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.

The meaning what’s behind there for all the others to see.


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

In fact, I can’t help it but to remember the dash.

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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