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    What is your favorite poem,quote or story to share with someone who has lost a horse?



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    Somewhere, somewhere
    In time's own space,
    There must be some sweet pastured place....
    Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow,
    Some paradise where horses go.
    For by the love that guides my pen,
    I know great horses live again.


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    Horribly apposite as I have just today assisted with having the last of "my" lovely old boys PTS and emailed the following to his owner (in addition to the Rainbow Bridge poem, of course):
    ONLY THE BEST
    God saw you and you were getting tired And a cure was not to
    be
    So he put His arms around you and He whispered "come to me"
    A golden heart stopped beating Hard working hooves went to
    rest
    God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best

    Don't Cry For The Horses"
    Brenda Riley-Seymore

    Don't cry for the horses
    That life has set free
    A million white horses
    Forever to be

    Don't cry for the horses
    Now in God's hands
    As they dance and they prance
    To a heavenly band

    They were ours as a gift
    But never to keep
    As they close their eyes
    Forever to sleep

    Their spirits unbound
    On silver wings they fly
    A million white horses
    Against the blue sky

    Look up into heaven
    You'll see them above
    The horses we lost
    The horses we loved

    Manes and tails flowing
    They gallop through time
    They were never yours
    They were never mine

    Don't cry for the horses
    They will be back someday
    When our time has come
    They will show us the way

    On silver wings they will lift us
    To the warmth of the sun
    When our life is over
    And eternity has begun

    We will jump the sun
    And dance over the moon
    A ballet of horses and riders on the winds
    Of a heavenly tune

    Do you hear that soft nicker
    Close to your ear
    Don't cry for the horses
    Love the ones that are here

    Don't cry for the horses
    Lift up your sad eyes
    Can't you see them
    As they fly by

    A million white horses
    Free from hunger and pain
    Their spirits set free
    Until we ride again

    Message from a Horse Spirit written by Katie Graham, aka
    Coyote
    Where am I, now that I am gone from your life?
    Leaving you lonely and sad, for that I am sorry.
    But this is a warm place, and the pastures are green.
    And now I know just how much you loved me...
    Everyone here shares the kindness of your heart.
    What am I doing, now that I have left your care?
    Racing with wide-eyed foals, orphaned no longer.
    Breathing crisp morning air with wise old work horses, now
    grown young and strong again.
    Looking at mountains through the eyes of the blind who can
    see.
    Carrying on my back all of the folk who never had the chance
    to know the warmth of my sweet horse breath or the thrill of
    a gallop, but always yearned for it.
    Visiting little girls who dream of beautiful steeds, flying
    over fences and racing past the finish line, keeping them
    safe, giving them hope.
    Saddest and sweetest of all, greeting the ones who cross
    that Rainbow Bridge.
    Some were wild and free on the earth, and they remain wild
    and free.
    Some were loved and cared for, and they will be well loved
    and cared for here.
    And some of the horses trotting over that Bridge were
    neither free nor loved.
    Those are the greatest joy to greet, for now they have the
    greenest grass and the freshest water, and they will never
    be sick or in pain or alone ever again.
    And they will always be loved.
    So cry for me as humans do, and then move on to tend to the
    mortal horses who need your care and kindness.
    And take care of the children; help them find their dreams,
    nuzzle them for me.
    I will be waiting for you when you come to pass that Rainbow
    Bridge,
    We will piaffe through the clouds and leap the lightning
    bolts, and then trot on home together to those green, green
    fields,

    How can I bear to lose you, my precious gentle one,
    to know that you will not be here when my day is done.
    So much of my heart, my love, have I given up to you,
    how then can I stand the pain now that your life is through.
    My sorrow overwhelms me, the tears so freely flow,
    how can I carry on my life, with a heart that's laden so.
    Then the answer comes to me from the stillness in my soul,
    remembering the love we shared will help to make me whole.
    I'll hold you in a special place, so deep within my heart,
    and in these loving memories, we'll never be apart.
    You will not be so far away, your presence I will feel.
    I'll wrap myself in memory and slowly I will heal.
    The years we shared, the little joys, the laughter and the
    tears,
    my love for you will never die, but strengthen with the
    years.
    So fare you well, my precious love, I gently let you go,
    and pray for all the Gods' there be that you will always
    know,
    I loved you so, my little one, that love will never cease,
    I gave you warmth, I gave you love, and now I give you
    peace.


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    MY GRANDEST FOAL
    (author unknown)
    I'll lend you for a little while
    My grandest foal, He said.
    For you to love while she's alive
    And morn for when she's dead.
    It may be one or twenty years,
    Or days or months , you see.
    But, will you, till I take her back,
    Take care of her for me?
    She'll bring her charms to gladden you,
    And should her stay be brief,
    You'll have treasured memories
    As solace for your grief.
    I cannot promise she will stay,
    Since all from earth return.
    But, there are lessons taught on earth
    I want this foal to learn.
    I've looked the wide world over
    In my search for teachers true.
    And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
    With trust, I have selected you.
    Now will you give her your total love?
    Nor think the labor vain,
    Nor hate Me when I come
    To take her back again?
    I know you'll give her tenderness
    And love will bloom each day.
    And for the happiness you've known!
    Forever grateful stay.
    But should I come and call for her
    Much sooner than you'd planned
    You'll brave the bitter grief that comes
    And someday you'll understand
    For though I'll call her home to Me
    This promise to you I do make,
    For all the love and care you gave
    She'll wait for you, inside Heaven's Gate.
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    Another one, I don't remember the words, but it was in an Arab magazine from many years ago. It was in the form of a letter from the deceased horse to the owner, who apparently was thinking she wouldn't ever have another horse because he was "her one and only". Gist of the letter was, "Don't you DARE not want another horse -- I invested a lot of time in training you and I don't want that effort wasted".



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    I actually LOVE the first one! It's one of my fav's and I have in on the headstone of a horse I lost that was VERY VERY dear to me!

    I also have a sculpture of him that was made for me with this poem...

    "Some horses come into out lives and quickly go, others stay a while make hoofprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same."


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    Beverly posted this in 2000, on FOL---

    If you bury him in this spot, the secret of which you must already have,
    He will come to you when you call-
    Come to you over the far, dim pastures of death,
    And though you ride other, living horses through life, they shall not shy at him, nor resent his coming.
    For he is yours and he belongs there.

    People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall,
    Who hear no nicker pitched too fine for insensitive ears.
    People who never really love a horse.
    Smile at them then, for you shall know some thing that is hidden from them,
    And which is well worth knowing.

    The only place to bury a horse is in the heart of his master

    This poem has helped me so many times-------
    Ann



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    This one is my favorite:

    Crossing the Bridge

    I stood beside your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
    I could see that you were crying; you found it hard to sleep.

    I whinnied to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
    "It's me, I haven't left you. I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."

    I was with you at my grave today; you tend it with such care.
    I want to reassure you, that I'm not lying there.

    I walked with you toward the house, as you fumbled for your key.
    I put my head against you, nickered and said, "It's me."

    You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
    I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there.

    It's possible for me to be so near you every day.
    To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."

    You sat there very quietly, then smiled; I think you knew.
    In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.

    And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
    I'll gallop across to greet you, and we'll stand there side by side.

    I have so many things to show you, there's so much for you to see.
    Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me.
    The plural of anecdote is not data.


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    Quote Originally Posted by greysandbays View Post
    Another one, I don't remember the words, but it was in an Arab magazine from many years ago. It was in the form of a letter from the deceased horse to the owner, who apparently was thinking she wouldn't ever have another horse because he was "her one and only". Gist of the letter was, "Don't you DARE not want another horse -- I invested a lot of time in training you and I don't want that effort wasted".

    This one brought waterworks...I can just imagine Hizzhonor the NOT Spoiled Arabian SAYING this..and meaning every snort.
    the NOT!! Spoiled!! Arabian Protectavest poster pony lives on in my heart http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o...pscc2a5330.jpg



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    My favorite is The Fiery River Under The Rainbow Bridge
    "If you would have only one day to live, you should spend at least half of it in the saddle."



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    A Parting Prayer

    Dear Lord, please open your gates
    and call St. Francis
    to come escort this beloved companion
    across the Rainbow Bridge.

    Assign her to a place of honor,
    for she has been a faithful servant
    and has always done her best to please me.

    Bless the hands that send her to you,
    for they are doing so in love and compassion,
    freeing her from pain and suffering.

    Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss.
    Help me remember the details of her life
    with the love she has shown me.
    And grant me the courage to honor her
    by sharing those memories with others.

    Let her remember me as well
    and let her know that I will always love her.
    And when it's my time to pass over into your paradise,
    please allow her to accompany those
    who will bring me home.

    Thank you, Lord,
    for the gift of her companionship
    and for the time we've had together.

    And thank you, Lord,
    for granting me the strength
    to give her to you now.

    Amen.

    - written by Kim Crenshaw, March 1998 for Brandy, beloved companion


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    Covertside had this poem that made me actually cry. I think it was "Hark, Old Horse." It was about how true and fast the horse was and they would meet at the gate again in the afterlife. It is on my fridge in the stable - more for the hunter, but if it is something you want I'll go get it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by xeroxchick View Post
    Covertside had this poem that made me actually cry. I think it was "Hark, Old Horse." It was about how true and fast the horse was and they would meet at the gate again in the afterlife. It is on my fridge in the stable - more for the hunter, but if it is something you want I'll go get it.
    I kept that one too - and also cried when I read it. I think Carla... can't remember her last name now....begins with H... wrote it.

    Yes - it's a keeper.



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    It would be nice if this thread could be saved in Favorites.



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    A fellow COTHER sent me this one when I lost Trav. It's one of the 2 I have on my facebook page, the other is 'Grandest Foal' and I cry every time I read them.

    Author Unknown.

    By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
    is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
    Where the friends of man and woman do run,
    when their time on earth is over and done.

    For here, between this world and the next,
    is a place where beloved creatures find rest.
    On this golden land, they wait and they play,
    til The Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

    No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
    for here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
    Their limbs are restored, their health renewed.
    Their bodies have healed with strength imbued.

    They trot through the grass without even a care,
    til one day they whinny and sniff at the air.
    All ears prick forward, eyes sharp and alert.
    Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the herd.

    For just at that second, there's no room for remorse.
    As they see each other...one person...one horse.
    So they run to each other, these friends from long past
    The time of their parting is over at last.

    The sadness they felt while they were apart
    has turned to joy once more in each heart.
    They nuzzle with a love that will last forever.
    And then, side-by-side, they cross over...together.
    Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
    Witherun Farm
    http://witherun-farm.blogspot.com/


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    This definitely brought a tear to my eye...


    HARK! OLD HORSE


    Hark! Old horse.
    Please meet me at the gate.
    Hounds are leaving kennels soon,
    And we will not be late.
    Step up. Old horse.
    Carry me to the meet.
    Our years together count for much,
    Though you're no longer fleet.
    Trot on. Old horse.
    I know you hear the horn.
    The hounds are in the valley now,
    The fox is in the corn!
    Kick on. Old horse,
    My soulmate and my friend.
    Our years together hunting are
    The best that's ever been.
    Leap up. Old horse.
    Take the bit and fly!
    I still trust you like a brother,
    Even though the fence is high.
    Walk on. Old horse.
    We’ll soon be hacking in.
    Your nicker rests beside my heart.
    Our souls entwine within.
    Hark! Old horse.
    The years reveal our fate.
    If we should part before we wish. Please meet me at the gate



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    Quote Originally Posted by greysandbays View Post
    MY GRANDEST FOAL
    (author unknown)
    I'll lend you for a little while
    My grandest foal, He said.
    For you to love while she's alive
    And morn for when she's dead.
    It may be one or twenty years,
    Or days or months , you see.
    But, will you, till I take her back,
    Take care of her for me?
    She'll bring her charms to gladden you,
    And should her stay be brief,
    You'll have treasured memories
    As solace for your grief.
    I cannot promise she will stay,
    Since all from earth return.
    But, there are lessons taught on earth
    I want this foal to learn.
    I've looked the wide world over
    In my search for teachers true.
    And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
    With trust, I have selected you.
    Now will you give her your total love?
    Nor think the labor vain,
    Nor hate Me when I come
    To take her back again?
    I know you'll give her tenderness
    And love will bloom each day.
    And for the happiness you've known!
    Forever grateful stay.
    But should I come and call for her
    Much sooner than you'd planned
    You'll brave the bitter grief that comes
    And someday you'll understand
    For though I'll call her home to Me
    This promise to you I do make,
    For all the love and care you gave
    She'll wait for you, inside Heaven's Gate.
    I know this is an old thread, but I remembered this thread since it was a month before we put down my old man.

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. My trainer lost her almost 3 year old today and this poem reminds me so much of them. It brought tears to my eyes.



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    this is a poem i wrote about my lovely horse, who i lost at the end of last summer. even though some months have passed i can barely cope, and all i live for is the memory of her. we were told to write a poem in higher english about your home and this is what i wrote.

    home to me is a place to flee,
    a place thats safe and sound.
    the smell of sweet grass and hay,
    and to hear her hooves hit the ground.
    if i saw her now i'd stand and sway,
    her beauty mezmorizing
    her brown eyes hyptnotising
    and if i could lay with Gem on a warm summer's day
    i'd be the happiest i could be,
    for she is home to me.



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    I don't know where I got this or who the author is, but it touched my heart:

    and he looked deep into my eyes
    and he said YOU have always been the center of my universe, I have loved YOU always.
    I pressed my head into his and assured him that I was here as I had always been here.
    and he looked deep into my heart
    and he asked me "How much do you love me?"
    and I stroked his face smoothing closed his eyes and I replied
    "With all my heart"
    and then, he looked deep into my soul
    and he asked me
    "Do you love me enough to let me go?"
    And I held him close and replied softly................. YES.
    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


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    after seeing a couple of these threads here on COTH. I'll paste what I have below. But be forewarned, it's long. And some of the abovementioned works are included. I have tried my best to get the author's name as well.

    I'll lend you for a little while
    My grandest foal, He said.
    For you to love while he's alive
    And mourn for when he's dead.
    It may be one or twenty years,
    Or days or months, you see.
    *_But, will you, till I take him back
    Take care of him for me?_*
    He'll bring his *charms* to gladden you,
    And should his stay be brief
    You'll have treasured memories
    As solace for your grief.
    I cannot promise he will stay,
    Since all from earth return,
    But, there are lessons taught on earth
    I want this foal to learn.
    _I've looked the wide world over
    In my search for teachers true.
    And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes
    With trust I have selected you._
    Now will you give him your total love?
    Nor think the labor vain,
    Nor hate Me when I come
    To take him back again?
    I know you'll give him tenderness
    And love will bloom each day.
    And for the happiness you've known
    Forever grateful stay.
    But should I come and call for him
    Much sooner than you'd planned
    You'll brave the bitter grief that comes
    And someday you'll understand.
    For though I'll call him home to Me
    This promise to you I do make
    For all the love and care you gave
    He'll wait for you, inside Heaven's Gate.




    "This It Be Right" by BuddyRoo on COTH

    Better a week too soon than a moment too late, they say.
    Better while the eyes still sparkle than wait til they dull.
    Better while the good days outnumber the bad.
    Better when it's hard for us than hard for them.

    It will never be easy for us.

    As stewards of these great creatures,
    We have the opportunity to give one final gift.
    Peace.
    We grant them peace in lieu of our own.

    But granting peace, the end, when we wish for more time?
    Eventually becomes a gift to ourselves.
    Knowing that we gave a final gift to one we cherished.
    Knowing it will leave an empty spot in our hearts.

    Doing it anyway. Because we DO love. And "this it be right"?

    That is what makes us human.

    For the love of my horse, I know who I am.
    And I know love.

    This it be right.




    Random poem from COTH

    'And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
    I'll gallop across to greet you, and we'll stand there side by side.'

    'I have so many things to show you, there's so much for you to see.
    Be patient, live your journey out......then come home to be with me.'




    The Horse's Prayer:

    Author Unknown



    To Thee Master

    I offer my prayer.....

    Feed me, water and care for me, and when the days work is done, provide me with shelter, a clean dry bed and a stall wide enough for me to lie down in comfort.

    Always be kind to me. Talk to me. Your voice often means as much to me as the reins. Pet me sometimes, that I may serve you the more gladly and learn to love you.

    Do not jerk the reins, and do not whip me when going uphill. Never strike, beat or kick me when I do not understand what you want, but give me a chance to understand you.

    Watch me; and if I fail to do your bidding, see if something is wrong with my harness or feet.

    I cannot tell you when I am thirsty so give me clean, cool water often. I cannot tell you in words when I am sick, so watch me, that by signs you may know my condition.

    Give me all possible shelter from the hot sun, and put a blanket on me, not when I am working, but when standing in the cold. Never put a frosty bit in my mouth; first warm it by holding it a moment in your hands.

    I try to carry you and your burdens without a murmur, and wait patiently for you long hours of the day or night. Without the power to choose my shoes or path, I sometimes fall on the hard pavements which I have often prayed might be of such a nature as to give me a safe and sure footing.

    Remember that I must be ready at any moment to lose my life in your service.

    And finally, O Master, when my useful strength is gone, do not turn me out to starve or freeze, or sell me to some cruel owner to be slowly tortured or starved to death; but do thou, my Master, take my life in the kindest way. And your God will reward you here and hereafter. You will not consider me irreverent if I ask this in the name of Him, who was born in a stable.

    Amen






    May I go Now?
    Do you think the time is right?
    May I say good-bye to pain filled days
    And endless lonely nights?

    I've lived my life and done my best,
    an example tried to be.
    So can I take that step beyond
    and set my spirit free?

    I didn't want to go at first.
    I fought with all my might.
    But something seems to draw me now
    to a warm and loving light.

    I want to go. I really do.
    It's difficult to stay.
    But I will try as best I can
    to live just one more day.

    To give you time to care for me
    and share your love and fears.
    I know you're sad and afraid,
    because I see your tears.

    I'll not be far, I promise that,
    and hope you'll always know
    that my spirit will be close to you,
    wherever you may go.

    Thank you so for loving me.
    You know I love you too,
    that's why it's hard to say good-bye
    and end this life with you.

    So hold me now, just one more time
    and let me hear you say,
    because you care so much for me,
    you'll let me go today.

    By Susan A. Jackson
    __________________





    Unk by UNK

    How can I bear to lose you,
    my precious gentle one,
    to know that you will not be here
    when my day is done.

    So much of my heart, my love,
    have I given up to you,
    how then can I stand the pain
    now that your life is through.

    My sorrow overwhelms me,
    the tears so freely flow,
    how can I carry on my life,
    with a heart that's laden so.

    Then the answer comes to me
    from the stillness in my soul,
    remembering the love we shared
    will help to make me whole.

    I'll hold you in a special place,
    so deep within my heart,
    and in these loving memories,
    we'll never be apart.

    You will not be so far away,
    your presence I will feel.
    I'll wrap myself in memory
    and slowly I will heal.

    The years we shared, the little joys,
    the laughter and the tears,
    my love for you will never die,
    but strengthen with the years.

    So fare you well, my precious love,
    I gently let you go,
    and pray to all the Gods' there be
    that you will always know,

    I loved you so,
    my little one, that love will never cease,
    I gave you warmth, I gave you love,
    and now I give you peace


    "Somewhere behind the rider you've become, the hours of practice you've put in, the coaches that have pushed you, the fences you've hit, the bones you've broken, the hard falls you've taken, the long distance, the short distance, the chip, the strides, the equitation, the sweat, the tears, the blood, the blisters, the ripped jeans, the wool jackets on 100 degree summer july days, the lame horse, the crazy horse, the "are you serious?" horse, and everything in between... Somewhere behind all this is the little girl who fell in love with the horse, the sport, and the idea and never looked back. Ride for her."



    "Somewhere behind the rider you've become,
    the trainers who have pushed you,
    the people who believed in you,
    the long hours of schooling,
    the accomplishments you've made,
    the ribbons you didn't win,
    the falls you've taken,
    the tears you've cried,
    the broken bones,
    the crushed confidence,
    and the horses you've given your heart to--
    is a little girl who fell in love with the sport and never looked back.


    Don’t cry for the horses
    That life has set free
    A million white horses
    Forever to be
    Don’t cry for the horses
    Now in God's hands
    As they dance and they prance
    To a heavenly band
    They were ours as a gift
    But never to keep
    As they close their eyes
    Forever to sleep
    Their spirits unbound
    On silver wings they fly
    A million white horses
    Against the blue sky
    Look up into heaven
    You'll see them above
    The horses we lost
    The horses we loved
    Manes and tails flowing
    They gallop through time
    They were never yours
    They were never mine
    Don't cry for the horses
    They will be back someday
    When our time has come
    They will show us the way
    Do you hear that soft nicker
    Close to your ear
    Don’t cry for the horses
    Love the ones that are here

    by Brenda Riley-Seymore



    Somewhere...Somewhere in time's Own Space
    There must be some sweet pastured place
    Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
    Some Paradise where horses go,
    For by the love that guides my pen
    I know great horses live again.
    ~Stanley Harrison




    I'll lend you for a little while my grandest foal, He said.
    for you to love while he's alive and mourn when he is dead.
    It may be one or twenty years, or days or months, you see,
    but will you, till I take him back, take care of him for me?
    He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and should his stay be brief,
    you'll have treasured memories as solace for your grief.
    I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
    but there are lessons taught on earth I want this foal to learn.
    I've looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true.
    And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, with trust, I've chosen you.
    Now will you give him total love, not think the labor vain,
    nor hate me when I come here to take him back again?
    I know you'll give him tenderness and love will bloom each day,
    and for the happiness you've known, forever grateful stay
    But should I come and call for him much sooner than you'd planned,
    you'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and someday, understand.





    The House Dog's Grave (Haig, An English Bulldog)

    I've changed my ways a little; I cannot now
    Run with you in the evenings along the shore,
    Except in a kind of dream; and you, if you dream a moment,
    You see me there.

    So leave awhile the paw-marks on the front door
    Where I used to scratch to go out or in,
    And you'd soon open; leave on the kitchen floor
    The marks of my drinking-pan.

    I cannot lie by your fire as I used to do
    On the warm stone,
    Nor at the foot of your bed; no, all the night through
    I lie alone.

    But your kind thought has laid me less than six feet
    Outside your window where firelight so often plays,
    And where you sit to read--and I fear often grieving for me--
    Every night your lamplight lies on my place.

    You, man and woman, live so long, it is hard
    To think of you ever dying
    A little dog would get tired, living so long.
    I hope then when you are lying

    Under the ground like me your lives will appear
    As good and joyful as mine.
    No, dear, that's too much hope: you are not so well cared for
    As I have been.

    And never have known the passionate undivided
    Fidelities that I knew.
    Your minds are perhaps too active, too many-sided. . . .
    But to me you were true.

    You were never masters, but friends. I was your friend.
    I loved you well, and was loved. Deep love endures
    To the end and far past the end. If this is my end,
    I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours.

    Robinson Jeffers, 1941



    If it should be that I grow weak
    And pain should keep me from my sleep;
    Then you must do what must be done,
    For this last battle can't be won.

    You will be sad, I understand;
    But don't let grief then stay your hand.
    For this day more than all the rest,
    Your love for me must stand the test.

    We've had so many happy years;
    What is to come can hold no fears.
    You don't want me to suffer so
    The time has come, please let me go.

    Take me where my needs they'll tend,
    But please stay with me 'til the end
    To hold me close and speak to me
    Until my eyes no longer see.

    I know in time you will agree,
    It was a kindness done for me.
    Although my tail its last has waved,
    From pain and suffering I'm saved.

    Please do not grieve that it was you
    Who had this painful thing to do.
    We've been so close, we two, these years;
    Don't let your heart hold any tears.




    DON'T CRY FOR THE HORSES
    Unknown Author

    Don't cry for the horses that life has set free,
    A million white horses forever to be.
    Don't cry for the horses, now in God's hand,
    As they dance and they prance in a heavenly band.

    They were ours as a gift, but never to keep,
    As they close their eyes forever to sleep.
    Their spirits unbound, on silver wings they fly,
    A million white horses against a blue sky.

    Look up into Heaven, you'll see them above,
    The horses we lost, the horses we loved.
    Manes and tails flowing, they gallop through time,
    They were never yours, they were never mine.

    Don't cry for the horses, they'll be back someday,
    When our time is gone, they will show us the way.
    Do you hear that soft nicker? Close to your ear?
    Don't cry for the horses, Love the ones who are here.
    Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

    You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.



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