Rainbow Bridge

31 Dec

Vivian Arthur Carson.
10th May 1923 – 21st December 2010.

My gramps was one of the best men I knew. He may have been quiet and he might not have had much, but he served his country, cared for his family, and lived his life honestly with unending integrity. To know him was to understand his love and tenderness. Though I didn’t arrive in time to give him one last hug I can take comfort in thinking of him walking along Rainbow Bridge with his best mate Benji. And it makes it a little easier to know his beloved friend was there to welcome him.

Rainbow Bridge

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 each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till 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 romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
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 into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

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