Using The Dash Poem

Spread a Dash of Kindness

A message from Southwestern Inspire Kindness – Owner of The Dash

The Dash Poem is one of the most popular poems in the world, and Southwestern Inspire Kindness is pleased to own the copyrights. We are pleased to partner with those who would like to use the poem. We kindly ask that you ask permission and give appropriate credit when using by following the details on this page.


The Dash Poem, written by Linda Ellis in 1996 (the “Poem”), and the words “Live Your Dash” are copyrights and trademarks of Southwestern Inspire Kindness, Inc. (“Inspire Kindness”). The Poem may not be mass printed or distributed in any form without written permission from Inspire Kindness. Downloads of the Poem in a printable format for personal use are available ONLY from

We do offer a license to reproduce and distribute copies of the Poem. Please contact us before you plan to use the Poem to describe how you intend to use it. If we permit you to use it, you will be required to use the following accreditation with the Poem: By Linda Ellis, Copyright © 2020 Inspire Kindness

You can reach us by phone at 877-935-6358 or by e-mail at [email protected]



Distributing copies of the Poem at a funeral is not permitted unless the funeral home is authorized in writing by Inspire Kindness to do so.

If you are a funeral home or celebrant and are interested in learning about exciting partner opportunities with The Dash, please contact us at 877-935-6358 or by e-mail at [email protected]



Reciting the Poem (with author attribution) is permitted. Be advised that you may not distribute any copy of the Poem without our prior, express, and written permission. If the Poem is read out loud, it is recommended that the speaker acknowledge the identity of the author by introducing the reading with something like: “The Dash, by Linda Ellis.”


For Corporations

Under no circumstances can anyone representing a business reproduce or share the Poem for commercial purposes without a written agreement with Inspire Kindness. This includes distributing in print or digital form via magazines, newspapers, corporate newsletters, training programs, non-personal blogs, for-profit educational programs, textbooks, publications and more. Licenses for these uses are available.

For Media

The Poem may be printed within the body of a news publication, news article or obituary without written permission so long as the following accreditation is also included :  by Linda Ellis, Copyright © 2020,

For Registered Charity or Place of Worship

It is possible to obtain a royalty-free limited license to reproduce or to display the Poem for a specific purpose, in a specific place, for a specific time. Please contact Inspire Kindness and described your intended use of the Poem, and only after Inspire Kindness has responded to your request and authorized your requested use.

For Individuals

Individuals may want to share the Poem with friends and family, including in e-mails, blogs, social media, and personal letters. Free printable downloads of The Poem are available for personal use. It is possible for an individual to obtain a royalty-free limited license to reproduce the Poem, but only after contacting Inspire Kindness and describing the intended use of the Poem, and only after Inspire Kindness has responded to the request and authorized the requested use. The following written accreditation must be included with the Poem: By Linda Ellis, Copyright © 2020 Southwestern Inspire Kindness, Inc.,

Inspire Kindness reserves the right to withdraw or withhold permission to any entity that has previously utilized or intends to use the Poem.

For more information, please contact Inspire Kindness by phone at 877-935-6358 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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