Just this side of heaven is a very peaceful place,
where animal lovers around the world think of fondly and embrace.
For when an animal dies that has been close to someone here,
that pet goes to The Rainbow Bridge, free of ailments and of fear.
There are meadows and hills for our special friends,
so they can run & play,
with plenty of food and water, and sunshine throughout the day
Our friends are warm and comfortable, those hurt are strong again.
Health and vigour are theirs once more, free from any pain.
So remember them as they once were, in our dreams of days gone by.
Our animals are happy, but for the small tear in their eye.
Cos just like us they miss someone very special, left behind.
When they look up for a stroke on their head, a hand they cannot find.
They all run and play together, but one day he’ll stop and stare.
He sees you in the distance, he sees you standing there.
His bright eyes are so intent as his eager body quivers.
Excitedly he starts to run through previously tranquil rivers.
You cling together in joyous reunion, never again will you be parted.
As happy kisses replace your tears, companionship restarted.
Your hands caress his beloved head, to you there’s no surprise,
when once again you see love & trust deep in you baby’s eyes.
So long gone from your life but never far from your heart,
the pain now eased, your smile now back, you’ll never be apart.
With great joy you turn and walk through the meadow lined with heather.
Side-by-side with your best friend as you cross The Rainbow Bridge together.
Tony Bacon, inspired by the original Rainbow Bridge poem by author unknown.