Hoofbeats In Heaven
In Praise Of The Horse

Tribute To The Human/Equine Bond

The Last Battle
Author Unknown

If it should be I grow frail and weak
And pain prevents my peaceful sleep.  
Then you must do what must be done  
When this last battle can't be won.

You will be sad, I understand.
Selfishness might stay your hand.  
But on this day, more than the rest,  
Your love and friendship take the test.  

We've had so many happy years  
That what's to come can hold no fears.  
You'd not want me to suffer so  
When the time comes, please let me go.  

Take me where my needs they'll tend.  
Only - stay with me until the end.  
Hold me firm and speak to me.  
Until my eyes no longer see.  

I know, in time, you too will see,
It is a kindness that you do for me.  
Although my tail it's last has waved,  
From pain and suffering I've been saved.  

Do not grieve, it should be you.
Who must decide this thing to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years. 
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

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