Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Rainbow Bridge

Inspired by a Norse legend

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.
© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved

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If you're a pet parent, you may already be familiar with this lovely poem.  I post it here today in honor of King Louie Zeus...or just sister Cindy's 12-year old bulldog who went to the bridge on Monday.  For those not familiar with the breed, 12 years is very old for a bully.  Louie was so beloved to Cindy.  If you get a chance, please stop by her blog, The Creative Pointe, and send her some love and support...I'm sure she'd appreciate it!

I sent her this sympathy card with a photo of Louie and the Rainbow Bridge poem.  Wasn't he such a handsome boy?  Rest in peace, dear Lou-Lou.

: PTI cardstock ‘Kraft’; SU! cardstock ‘Confetti White’
Stamps: PTI ‘With Sympathy’ (inside); SU! ‘Warmest Regards’ (inside)
Inks: StazOn ‘Jet Black’
Embellishments: gingham ribbon, PTI rustic button twine; SRM paw print sticker

Tools: foam tape, ink jet printer


  1. omg! I sob everytime I read this poem. What a beautiful tribute to that adorable puppy! Hugs! Dina

  2. A beautiful card that touched my heart. I'll always treasure it. xoxoxo

  3. I Love that poem and have used it several times myself, What a sweet tribute to Louie. Its so hard to lose our fur babies. I'll stop by for a visit.
    Hugs Lynn


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