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.
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.
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.
much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
saw a wondrous image then of a place that’s trouble-free,
was a beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
running through the meadows, as far as the eye could see,
My tired, failing body, was fresh and healed and new.
wanted to go play with them, but had something left to do.
That this place is truly wonderful—then a bright glow pierced the night.
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.
we’re not together, in the way we used to be,
when you need to find me, we’re never far apart.
•© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved. Reposted by Permission.