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Old 03-07-2011, 04:38 PM
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Poems for a hurting heart

BEYOND THE RAINBOW


As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade

I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free
Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.
I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
Were meadows rich and beautiful - lush and green and wide
And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do
I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright
That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright glow pierced the night
"Twas the glow of many candles, shining bright and strong and bold
And I knew then that it held your love in it's brilliant shades of gold.
For although we may not be together in the way we used to be
We are still connected by a cord no one can see
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.

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The Last Battle
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
and pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this--the last battle--can't be won.
You will be sad I understand,
Don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
What is to come can hold no fears
You'd not want me to suffer, so.
When the time comes, please let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me til the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
it is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close--we two--these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:44 PM
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Thanks for sharing those. They are hard to read through blurry eyes.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:47 PM
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This is a poem that means the world to me, especially because goldens are both so twinkling and brief.

On Pilgrimage

May the smell of thyme and lavender accompany us on our journey
To a province that does not know how lucky it is
For it was, among all the hidden corners of the earth,
The only one chosen and visited.

We tended toward the Place but no signs led there.
Till it revealed itself in a pastoral valley
Between mountains that look older than memory,
By a narrow river humming at the grotto.

May the taste of wine and roast meat stay with us
As it did when we used to feast in the clearings,
Searching, not finding, gathering rumors,
Always comforted by the brightness of the day.

May the gentle mountains and the bells of the flocks
Remind us of everything we have lost,
For we have seen on our way and fallen in love
With the world that will pass in a twinkling.

~ Czeslaw Milosz ~
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Thanks for sharing. My GF just found out that her senior guy, Mr. Buddy, has lymphoma. Due to his age and overall health, he's not a good candidate for chemo. They're going to do palliative care. She's just devastated. I sent her The Last Battle.
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:16 PM
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:26 PM
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Thank you so much for posting these.

The Last Battle especially really got to me and every word is true!Today is 3 months since we had to send our Smooch to the Rainbow Bridge, to be with our Snobear, who is almost gone a year now.
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The Last Battle is one of the poems that helped me thru my grief and helped me to stop questioning if I put Bailey to sleep too soon.

This one below did too, even more. I love it and hate it at the same time but it has been a great source of comfort for me. I have it and The Battle printed out and in my night stand. When I am silently crying late at night I take them out and somehow they make me feel better.


"The Greatest Gift" by Karla M. Bertram:

I always knew this time would come,
From the very instant our eyes first met.
How I loved you then! How I love you now!
I made a promise then, and I will keep that promise now...
You will not suffer from a pain that will not heal;
You will not know the loss of a life remembered, now gone.

It is for me alone to make this decision,
The price for the bright joy and pure laughter
You brought me during the time we shared.
I am the only one who can decide when it is time.
When my hope dies, and my fear rides high,
Just when I need you most, I must let you go.

It is for you alone to tell me when you are ready
For without your guidance, I will not know
When to lay my grief, my guilt, my anger
My sorrow and my selfish heart aside
And give you this last gift, this greatest gift.
Your eyes will speak to mine, and I will know.

The pain of this moment is excruciating.
Tears stream down my face in a river of sorrow.
And my heart drowns in a pool of grief.
For you have spoken and I have listened,
And unlike other decisions I have made
This one brings no relief...no comfort...no peace.

For if there´s one thing you´ve taught me,
If there´s only one thing I´ve learned...
Unconditional love has a condition after all,
I must be willing to let you go, when you speak to me
I must be willing to help you go, if you cannot go alone.
And I must accept my pain so you can be free of yours.

Go easily now, go quickly now,
Do not linger here, it is time for you to leave.
Go find your strength, go find your youth.
Go find the ones who've gone before you.
You are free to leave me now, free to let your spirit soar
Rest easy now, your pain will soon be gone.

I pray I will find comfort in my memories...
In the dark and lonely days ahead.
I cannot say I will not miss you, I cannot say I will not cry.
For only my tears can heal my broken heart.
But, I promise you this; as long as I live,
You will live, alive in my mind, forever in my heart.

So I give you this last gift, all I have left to give,
And this will be my greatest gift...sending you away.
It is the measure of my unconditional love...
For only the greatest love can say,
"Good-bye, go find the bridge, we'll meet again,
Loving you has been the greatest gift of all."


*crying*
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Oh man. I'm having a hard time today for some reason and this surely hit home.
"Just when I need you most, I must let you go."

Pammie - I haven't seen your poen before, but it is so true.

My horse died the week before Copper. When my vet told me Copper had cancer, I told him that I couldn't stand losing them both so soon (he wasn't the one taking care of my horse) he asked what happened with my horse. I told him and he said it was over hours before I told the vet to give him the shot. I asked him how could my horse come whinnying over to me and then lay down with his head in my lap if it was so bad....

He said He had to stay until you told him he could go.

I told Copper the whole way home that day to go if it was his time and not to stay for me. The darling had a system wide failure 36 hours later and was PTS one week after my horse almost to the minute. I am of course heartbroken without him (well, them) but so glad he didn't fight a losing battle and went without pain or distress, eating an Arby's sandwich at the last minute.
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Oh man. I'm having a hard time today for some reason and this surely hit home.
"Just when I need you most, I must let you go."
that is the place in the poem is where I always start to tear up. everytime.

coppers-mom, when you see a Arby's do you smile at the memory of your baby enjoying a sammich!! I think I will from now on!
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Oh my...I'm in tears. Because of the poem and Copper's story =(. It's been so long since I've cried about Teddy...just been putting it away...but these tear jerkers were needed...I wrote some of my own poems after Teddy passed...but I just can't bring myself to open them up right now..
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