In Loving Memory of
Harold Eugene Johnson
- The Dash† -
by Conni Johnson Evans
In the process of taking care
Of those things that must be known
Writing the dates of Dadís life span
Which will be chiseled into stone.
I noted that first came the date of his birth
And typed the following date with tears
But realized what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the cherished time
That he spent alive here on earth
And now only those who knew and loved him
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not how much he owned
The tools, the house, the cash
What matters most is how he lived and loved
And how he spent his dash.
Good memories of him are the ones weíll have
Iíve thought about this long and hard
Are there things that I can change?
I donít know how much time is left
But it can still be rearranged.
I can surely slow down long enough
To consider whatís important and real
And always try to be helpful
Understanding the way others feel.
And be less quick to anger
And show appreciation more
Openly love everyone in my life
Like Iíve seldom shown before.
These are the things Dad
And Iíll often wear a smile
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