ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

We're All Headed for a Headstone...One Day (With a "Dash"!)

Updated on March 28, 2013
You can make the your own "dash"!
You can make the your own "dash"! | Source

(*) This is an "Above Ground Footnote" to a line in my original Poem below. (Please Read On)

First and foremost...I find it amazing that I have been inspired by another Poet's the point got around to my thinking in the form of an idea...only.

I was looking around the internet today: 6-12-12, and was interested to see if anyone was talking about the "dash"...that one has on their headstones between the important dates of their lifes: Birthday and departure from planet day. I was trying to see if this topic was a big topic or just an idea that had travelled about. And Boy...was I in for a surprise!

Let me just say...again, First and foremost: that my poem (below) is based on original thoughts that I had at the first of this year: 2012...but appears that one of the central ideas...may have come from a poem:"The Dash"; by Linda Ellis, through the central idea of her Poem being discussed out many...and the Poem is very popular!

So: First and Foremost...I would like to give Credit where Credit is due. This Poem is inspired, indirectly, by the mentioning of the idea that Linda Ellis created in her poem: "The Dash".

I had no intention (nor knowledge) that I was building on her concept which she had already created in Poetry form.

Wow! Amazing that a Poet has made such an impression with her work. I apologize for taking 6 months to research the topic more thoroughly....However...I did get the impression of "the dash" through second-hand discussions about how important "the dash" can be...and I had no idea that a Poem was at the very root of the idea.

Linda Ellis: Your Poem "The Dash", inspired a Preacher to talk about how meaningful our lifes can be between the date we are born and the date when we leave for departure-of this planet. Then, family members of mine brought up the point of "the dash" in a discussion about our lifes. And it resonated with me.

I was trying to build on that idea...or concept...when I wrote this. I....very innocently...did not know that a Poem existed about "the Dash" already!

Please Forgive Me...and allow me to dedicate this simple "Manly" Poem of an extension of your work and dedicate this mere the talent you obviously possess. Please follow the link below to read more about: Linda Ellis and her works.

Thank you


Plenty of room on here for Name, Date of Birth, Date of Departure...and Maybe a nice short sentence. (Don't forget the dash!)
Plenty of room on here for Name, Date of Birth, Date of Departure...and Maybe a nice short sentence. (Don't forget the dash!) | Source

My Explanation of thoughts for this Poem from my Imagination: 01/01/2012:

Pardon my weird imagination, but...If you flew back over the International Dateline headed East after you had already been in a New Year...and let's say hypothetically that the plane you were on crashed and you died...upon landing...back in the old year. Would your Headstone read the old year with actual date and time that you passed away...or would it read the ACTUAL day and year that you had made it to prior?


And thus was the premise for this Poem. Each Year at New Year's...I thank God for having delivered me safely to another year. One more year that can be added to my Headstone.

Then there's the Headstone itself: Most common information found on it is your name, your year of birth, and year of death. That is usually all that wraps up a majority of folks' Headstones. Just three simple things...posted, commonly on our Headstone that none of us the scheme of things...have absolutely...any control over...about ourselves (for the most part). Kind'a Weird...that this is all there will be left to be said of us...for years to come...and all that will ever be left to be said of anyone...Forever !?

You might share the Headstone with your Spouse...most do. Younger people usually have a few more words added to the Headstone to help aid in the grief. I would guess that people with more money...tend to have bigger Headstones...or perhaps some type of above ground statuesque-type memorial...but I can't say. Most everyone in my family or that I have seen with a Headstone...seem to fall into the simple category of name, year of birth, and year of death...with a space on the other side for their spouse to have the same thing memorialized. That seems to be most common. Oh well...Kind'a morbid to be writing on. Yet then normal to the process of rain is to the tropics...or your first steps as a baby.

Life has its season...

( might find this a depressing topic...but then the real important part of the headstone information that lives on between the years...from what I have come to learn, indirectly, from a very inspirational Poem entitled "The Dash", by Linda "The dash". That's right...the "dash"! Therefore: You (the reader) will see "the dash" emphasized a great deal in this "Manly" Poem writing of mine. Best and Humblest Regards. Please read on...)


And Now...My Poem about "Headstones":

It may be pretty morbid of me to say...

Where we are all going to eventually wind-up...One day. sure as the dark night leads way to the new dawn...

We will all eventually be placed a few feet below a cemetary lawn.

Kind'a weird to think that...all that will be left is a small headstone...above our grave...

Kind'a strange to note that we have no control (for the most part)...of what is on the marker...of our enclosed cave.

It lists a name which was given to us...through our parent's at birth...

Then it lists the year...or even the date...we first arrived here on Earth.

Next...and usually the last and most final point...

Is the recorded time ...when we got out'ta of...this here joint.

That really is all that will remain...

A marker with some dates and our name.

Kind'a funny...if you think about the name you put down on top your first Spelling test...

Will be the last thing that everyone sees...put above the place...where you're laid to rest.

Oh, C'mon now...don't get "freaked" out by this particular topic...I write of...

None of these few details etched in stone the scheme of the ones you love.

Seems to me...I remember hearing about what someone had heard at a funeral... or what someone once had said...(*)

The most important part of that headstone will be the "dash" between the year you're born...and when your dead!

The "dash"...though small...and not much for anyone to notice....

May be the greatest indicator of your life...though few may know this.

The "dash" represents what you did from the beginning...until the end...

For may have been a short dash...while others have had...a lot of time to fill in !

What will your "dash" say...upon your very own...Headstone...?

Who will know what that "dash" means...while your old bones lie there alone?

For me...I am glad to have another run at the "dash"...for another new year...

I want to keep piling-up plenty of things into that "dash"...until I am finally out'ta here!

I was just sitting here...thinking of the three things that will be planted a few feet above my head...

Name, Date of Birth, and Date of Departure...will live on forever...above me when I'm dead.

Then...I was relieved when I remembered...that thing about the "dash"...between two important dates...

Though Gone...We will all be the "dash" ...and what it states!


(*) (Please see my "Above Ground Footnote" above which is dedicated to the Poem Author: Linda Ellis, of the Poem: "The Dash")




Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)