This morning I woke up to the sad news of not only one of my biggest childhood idols Mickey Rooney sadly passing but also the news of my childhood friend Peaches Geldoff. I want to share with you a poem that helps me put the grieving of a loved lost diamond (we are all diamonds in the ruff) into prospective! I hope it helps anyone else who is going through the same thing!

The Dash
by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend

He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end

He noted that first came her date of her birth
And spoke the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth.

And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,

What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real

And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more

And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile

Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash

Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?



  1. tracy chappell 

    Beautiful Kelly, and so true are these words…
    We all to mauch rush through life wanting cars phones not giving enough time to count our blessings and love our family and loved ones……………beautifuly fitting words xxxxx

    April 7 at 4:37pm  / Reply
  2. 317Carol 

    Such a Beautiful poem. Sorry for the loss of your friend.

    April 7 at 4:50pm  / Reply
  3. Catriona Hanly 

    Beyond words how sad it is for the famillies left behind , what a beautiful girl , what a loss of life and a Beautiful poem xoxo

    April 7 at 5:17pm  / Reply
  4. Davina Bowman 

    Beautiful Kelly. So sorry to hear such sad news.

    April 7 at 5:30pm  / Reply
  5. m0mriley 

    So beautiful I just lost my mom on Saturday with a long battle of Parkinson’s Disease, I was just looking up beautiful poems to read at her service. Thank You

    April 7 at 5:31pm  / Reply
  6. Blackno.9 

    Sorry to hear a friend has passed away. Inspiring poem, makes you ask youself what is important in life. What truly give us and everyone surrounding, words to reflect and share. Remembering my dad before his death, him being upset and showing sad anger for battling with cancer for 2 years. I was in complete denial and took shelter from everthing and everyone for years. There is allways and allways be the love he gave me. Loove allways come out on top no matter how long it takes, NEVER give up and allways ” love strong “.

    April 7 at 6:33pm  / Reply
    • Blackno.9 

      Sorry for loss as well mOmriley.

      April 7 at 6:37pm  / Reply
  7. Lou 

    Its ironic that Mickey died at 93 and Peaches at 25. Just shows you you can’t guess whether your here for a long innings or a short one. My heart goes out to both families but the news of Peaches had left me numb and I did not even know her personally. Big hugs to you too Kelly x

    April 7 at 10:52pm  / Reply
  8. Ian Probert 

    Very moving.

    April 7 at 11:49pm  / Reply
  9. Jerome Gelb 

    Thank you Kelly! The tributes to Peaches reveal to those like me who never knew her, that a special and much loved person has been lost, leaving deep, enduring lines etched into the lives of those who loved her. I feel for her children, husband, father and family. As a father of a 19yr old daughter, I feel especially sad for Bob, whose “do the right thing” compassion and empathy found practical expression when all around him threw their hands in the air saying what can we do about starving children in Africa. To save so many human beings and lose those most loved from your very arms, brings tears to my eyes and profound questions to mind. I hope you draw some solace from those dear to you and some further comfort from friends like me that you don’t know have wished you well for years and believe in your fine mind and good heart. I wish you a long and happy life. Jerry

    April 8 at 12:34am  / Reply
  10. Ditno 

    I want you to piss in my mouth, Kelly! I love you!

    April 8 at 12:35am  / Reply
  11. Ana 

    Such a beautiful and special poem.

    April 8 at 11:34am  / Reply
  12. bugsy 

    My nan was diagnosed with terminal cancer and we were told 3 months she told me I wouldn’t have a nan for long and I said I’ve had one for ages and I’ve never forgotten my grandad have i

    April 8 at 11:39am  / Reply
  13. Debbie 

    A beautiful poem from a beautiful spirt and soul, Peaches was blessed having you as a friend Kelly it’s lovely to know that there are kind decent loving people out there I am a mother of two grown up daughters I feel real sadness for Peaches her immediate family and everyone who loved her R.I.P Peaches reunited with her mum

    April 10 at 3:19am  / Reply
  14. SK 

    Malapropism alert: It’s ‘perspective’ not ‘prospective’.

    And they call you the brain on fashion police? They must all be thick as shit so.

    May 3 at 1:52pm  / Reply
  15. Kring 

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    June 23 at 8:07pm  / Reply


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