Upon life’s billowing seas My vessel is swept Windward. I am Storm-tossed And swell-swallowed, Brine-stung And surge-whipped. I steer my battered But unbroken ship Upon the crashing waves ~ Afloat I remain. My vessel salt-stained And wind-lashed, Yet a survivor. In calmer waters, Renewed in purpose, Resolved, am I, to press on. The map is charted And though off course blown Yet will I arrive. It is my destiny.
The truth is, tall ship or small, we’re all just doing our best to get to the opposite shore.
(Lyrics from the song “No Last Goodbye” by Dorothy E. Chiotti)
Every once in a while someone comes into our lives and shakes us up in all the right ways. My horse, Shakespeare, affectionately known as “Bear,” was one of those someones. Over almost 12 years together he did indeed change my life and heal my heart. He was a great teacher, a great friend and a beautiful soul. He made me look at the broken parts of my life and piece them back together again. For that I will always be grateful.
This week marks a year since Bear died from torsion colic, and it’s time for closure. All the firsts are behind us. Time to scatter his ashes to the wind from whence he came and allow my life to move forward.
The words of the poem were written for the loss of this dear friend, however I’m aware of the universal nature of the sentiments expressed. “Here one minute, then you’re gone …” who hasn’t known the feeling of sudden and inexplicable loss.
I dedicate this to all who have lost a sweet loved one and didn’t have a chance to say goodbye.