Touched by THE DASH
Have you been touched by The Dash?
This is the place to share your story about how The Dash poem has played a part in your life, or the life of someone you know. Scroll down to read stories and and share how you’ve been touched by The Dash.
The Dash’s “Dash”
I’ve used the term “The Dash’s Dash” because this creation, this unique combination of 241 words, has literally created a life, and therefore a dash, of its own. Its “birth” occurred in 1996 when I wrote the poem, and yet the date of its demise will never be a reality. Its own life is infinite, its legacy carved in stone, and it will live on long after the footprints its creator has left on earth have faded. I’ve come to humbly realize that somewhere inside these simple stanzas lies the mystery and complexity of life. Its rhythmic message subconsciously forces the reader to be suddenly, keenly aware the brevity of it all. It has touched more lives than anyone could ever imagine or calculate, and will continue to do so for generations to come.
I compare it to a seed I’d planted many years ago, which quickly sprouted and continues to grow exponentially being constantly cultivated by the millions of souls inspired by its message. It’s unfathomable to me the number of loving legacies, rerouted journeys, smiles worn and tears shed as a result of my writing this work.
The Dash poem continues touching lives
and touching hearts around the world!
As a rational person who requires tangible evidence to sway my opinion, I must admit I’ve come to believe in, and accept, the concept that this poem has a unique purpose and a reason for its creation and existence. Maybe propelled by a higher power or force of nature, or maybe just sheer coincidence, but how else can one explain its profound effect on the world having been originated by one woman without the wherewithal or resources at the time to launch such an explosive inspiration into the world? I was busy living my own dash, while the poem was out working its magic. It took me many years, and countless stories of this inspiration reaching the lives of those who need it, when they need it, to truly believe in its power. Though still bewildered, I no longer doubt its abilities.
I was complimented in an interview recently, where the gentleman said in reference to the more than 300,000 “The Dash” products sold, “it’s very impressive where you’ve taken The Dash poem.” I replied, “it’s more impressive where The Dash poem has taken me…”
- Linda Ellis