The Dash | Sympathy Poems

The Dash
(Sympathy Poems)

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

– Linda Ellis

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Let Me Go | Sympathy Poems

Let Me Go
(Sympathy Poems)

We’ve known lots of pleasure
At times endured pain ..
We’ve lived in the sunshine
And walked in the rain.

But now we’re separated
And for a time apart ..
But I am not alone
You’re forever in my heart.

Death always seems so sudden
And it is always sure ..
But what is oft’ forgotten
It is not without a cure.

There may be times you miss me
I sort of hope you do ..
But smile when you think of me
For I’ll be waiting for you.

Now there are many things for you to do
And lots of ways to grow ..
So get busy, be happy, and live your life
Miss me, but let me go.

I’m Still Here | Grief Loss Poems

I’m Still Here
(Grief Loss Poems)

Friend, please
don’t mourn for me ..
I’m still here though
you don’t see.

I’m right by your side
each night and day ..
And within your heart
I long to stay.

My body is gone
but I’m always near ..
I’m everything you feel
see or hear.

My spirit is free
but I’ll never depart ..
As long as you keep me
alive in your heart.

I’ll never wander
out of your sight ..
I’m the brightest star
on a summer night.

I’ll never be
beyond your reach ..
I’m the warm moist sand
when you’re at the beach.

I’m the colorful leaves
when autumn’s around ..
And the pure white snow
that blankets the ground.

I’m the beautiful flowers
of which you’re so fond ..
The clear cool water
in a quiet pond.

I’m the first bright blossom
you’ll see in the spring ..
The first warm raindrops
that April will bring.

I’m the first ray of light
when the sun starts to shine ..
And you’ll see that the face
in the moon is mine.

When you start thinking
there’s no one to love you ..
You can talk to me through
the Lord above you.

I’ll whisper my answer through
the leaves on the trees ..
And you’ll feel my presence
in the soft summer breeze.

I’m the hot salty tears
that flow when you weep ..
And the beautiful dreams
that come while you sleep.

I’m the smile you see
on a baby’s face ..
Just look for me, friend
I’m every place

The Life I Loved | Sympathy Poems

The Life I Loved
(Sympathy Poems)

Because I have loved life
I shall have no sorrow to die ..
I have sent up my gladness on wings
to be lost in the blue of the sky.

I have run and leaped with the rain
I have taken the wind to my breast ..
My cheek like a drowsy child to
the face of the earth I have pressed.

Because I have loved life
I shall have no sorrow to die ..

I have kissed young Love on the lips
I have heard his song to the end ..
I have struck my hand like a seal
in the loyal hand of a friend.

I have known the peace of heave
the comfort of work done well ..
I have longed for death in the
darkness and risen alive out of hell.

Because I have loved life,
I shall have no sorrow to die ..

I give a share of my soul to the
world where my course is run ..
I know that another shall finish
the task I must leave undone.

I know that no flower, nor flint
was in vain, on the path I trod .l.
As one looks on a face through a window
through life I have looked on God.

Because I have loved life
I shall have no sorrow to die.

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