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Dash by Brett Dix

Brett Dix | April 15th, 2018 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

When the minister spoke at his
memorial service,
he said that on a person’s tombstone
there is a date they were born
and a date they died,
and in between is a
dash.
And when you see the dash on
someone’s tombstone,
you realise
how short your own one is,
which is why
you should live your dash
to the fullest.

Poet Bio

Brett Dix has a Master’s degree in English literature from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and lectures English literature and poetry at the university. He is currently working on his first collection of poems. In 2013 his father, a well-known Pietermaritzburg artist, died after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. His father’s disease and death have deeply influenced his poetry.

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