Notre Maiden's Poem, The Dash

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vividly remember the time I first heard the poem “The Dash.” I was still a boy, 8th grade, and I was in an elementary school gym having basketball practice with my traveling team. Practice was almost over so, as you can imagine, my teammates and I were a little anxious to leave. We lost focus. My Coach, Dave Thomas, huddled us up at center court, and told us to take a seat. Being 8th graders, we moaned and complained under our breath about having to stay an extra couple minutes. Coach Thomas pulled out a piece of paper from his back pocket and unfolded it. The gym immediately turned quiet, we knew he had something to say. He began to read us this poem, an unusual thing for a coach to do at a basketball practice. I was listening very closely to…show more content…
The poem called “The Dash” was written by Notre Dame football player Alton Maiden. The poem is about the dash in-between the date of birth and the date of death on a gravestone. Maiden wrote, “People may forget your birth and death, but they will never forget your dash.” The dash represents people’s lives, what they did in their lifetime. This poem made me think about what I am doing with my dash, and what others will be left to think about my dash. It has helped me become the person I am today. I have always tried to do the right thing, and give my best in whatever I am doing. A dash without regrets as to one’s efforts can hardly be a disappointment. My dash contains music. Through music I express my thoughts and emotions. I enjoyed playing and listening to all styles of music. In school I play drums in concert band, and also played drums and piano in a highly regarded Jazz program. Although I took piano lessons as a child, I never really enjoyed practicing and quit when I was in middle school. When I reached high school I found interest in the piano again. I taught myself how to play the music I loved and worked very hard to become a good piano player. While I enjoy playing

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