At Rainbow Bridge

By the edge off a wood, 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 where each beloved creature comes to find rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

  Grafic:  tabby cat sitting, waiting.  

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 is renewed,

their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without ever a care,

till 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.

Grafic:  angel with cats at her feet.

For just at that instant, their eyes have been 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.

  Grafic:  cat angel.  


Beyond The Rainbow*

As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
I became 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.

There was a beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
were meadows rich and beautiful, lush, verdent 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 tired, failing body, was fresh and healed and new.

I wanted to go play with them, but 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.

Grafic:  small torch candle.
Grafic: animated angel kitty spreading angel dust that forms a heart.

T’was the glow of many candles, shining bright and strong and bold.

And I knew then, that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.

Although we’re not together, in the way we used to be,
we’ll always be connected by a cord no eye can see.

So when you need to find me, we’re never far apart.
Just look beyond the Rainbow, and listen with your heart.

•© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved. Reposted by Permission.

Grafic:  angel kitty with a bunch of flowers.