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For Those Who have Suffered a Loss...Please Read

Updated on November 10, 2009

With the one year anniversary of the death of my beloved horse, Ben just around the corner (November 15), this Hub is in his remembrance and to remind him that I love him so.

I love this poem. It helped me through the three pet deaths I've had to deal with in one year. This Poem can apply to anything/anyone that you loved so dearly and who has passed. it reminds me that I am special enough to have been "given" the people and pets in my life so I can care for them until their job is done here on Earth. It especially helped me when my horse, Ben passed unexpectedly.  I do have another Hub that describes that if you are interested in reading it.

The Grandest Foal

I'll lend you for a little while,
My grandest foal, God said.
For you to love while he's alive,
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be one or twenty years,
Or days or months, you see.
But will you, til I take him back,
Take care of him for me?

He'll bring his charms to gladden you
And should his stay be brief,
You'll have those treasured memories,
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught on earth
I want this foal to learn.

I've looked the wide world over
In my search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
With trust, I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love?
Nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come
To take him back again?

I know you'll give him tenderness
And love will bloom each day.
And for the happiness you've known,
You will forever-grateful stay.
But should I come and call for him
Much sooner than you'd planned.
You'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And maybe understand.

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      11 months ago

      God gave us animals to teach us

      Life and how to live in the moment

      And be happy god bless

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      15 months ago

      I know this pain.....and my heart cries for you.

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      8 years ago

      I am speechless, and sorry for your loss, must be hard. I am glad that you had her at all however. It's not like loosing a dog or cat, these animals are so large ans so full of beauty and magic, I really feel terrible for you.

      May you always ride her in your dreams because memories are something no one can ever take those from us.

      btw I love the rendering of the horse thats at the top, did you do this?

      Dream in color


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      8 years ago

      I'm so sorry for your loss :( Thanks for sharing this.

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      8 years ago from Upper Midwest

      thanks, guys, not all my Hubs are sad...please enjoy some of the funnier ones.

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      8 years ago

      This is beautiful and so moving, sorry for your loss :(

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      8 years ago

      I'm sorry for the loss of your dear Ben.

      I appreciate every day I get to spend with Franky and can't even fathom his absence.

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      9 years ago from Lone Star State

      Beautiful Poem... thanks for posting it

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      9 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      thanks i do like it.

    • rmcrayne profile image


      9 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      A beautiful poem. I can definitely relate, having 'given back' my beautiful Miss Mocha Bean Crayne.

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      9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      That is a beautiful poem and brought tears to my eyes we to love our pets and could not imagine being without them.:)


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