The poem "The Dash" was written by Linda Ellis. The author has made the full text available on her website. The website also features a YouTube video of her reading the poem to a live audience.
"The Dash" made its first public appearance when a radio host read it aloud on air in 1994. It is often read at funerals or graduation ceremonies. Ellis subsequently wrote the book "Live Your Dash," which addresses and expands on the poem's ideas. The book can be purchased on her website.
Ellis is a inspirational author, speaker and poet. She lives in Georgia with her family.