I'm a mormon, so I believe in heaven, etc. After Ebony passed, I was heart broken, she was my firsthorse and had taught me everything! I love this poem, though. It got me through so many bad days. I took months to get out of a depression type state, because it was my fault. I was stupid and inconsiderate and it caused her to leave. :( But, this poem is so wonderful and my favorite ever!
My Grandest Foal
I'LL LEND YOU FOR A LITTLE WHILE
MY GRANDEST FOAL, HE SAID.
FOR YOU TO LOVE WHILE SHE'S ALIVE
AND MORN FOR WHEN SHE'S DEAD.
IT MAY BE ONE OR TWENTY YEARS,
OR DAYS OR MONTHS, YOU SEE.
BUT, WILL YOU, TILL I TAKE HER BACK,
TAKE CARE OF HER FOR ME?
SHE'LL BRING HER CHARMS TO GLADDEN YOU,
AND SHOULD HER STAY BE BRIEF,
YOU'LL HAVE TREASURED MEMORIES
AS SOLACE FOR YOUR GRIEF.
I CANNOT PROMISE SHE'LL 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 HER YOUR TOTAL LOVE?
NOR THINK THE LABOR VAIN,
NOR HATE ME WHEN I COME
TO TAKE HER BACK AGAIN?
I KNOW YOU'LL GIVE HER TENDERNESS
AND LOVE WILL BLOOM EACH DAY.
AND FOR THE HAPPINESS YOU'VE KNOWN!
FOREVER GRATEFUL STAY.
BUT SHOULD I COME AND CALL FOR HER
MUCH SOON THAN YOU PLANNED
YOU'LL BRAVE THE BITTER GRIEF THAT COMES
AND SOMEDAY YOU'LL UNDERSTAND.
FOR THOUGH I'LL CALL HER HOME TO ME
THIS PROMISE TO YOU I DO MAKE,
FOR ALL THE LOVE AND CARE YOU GAVE
SHE'LL WAIT FOR YOU, INSIDE HEAVEN'S GATE
I don't remember the writer.