What a rotten day

“what a rotten day this turned out to be” (George Strait, Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye)

Belle is calling for you, her whinny’s searching.

You called to her, one of your last breaths.

Trusting us, through near misses.

Close calls, but this one was too close.


Gone so fast, no time to even get a vet here.

The angel’s needed a good horse to ride.

I guess you were needed more there.

My heart just doesn’t understand why.


Look for Grandpa there, he’ll have his hat on.

Buddy up to Lefty, Rudy and the rest.

Kelly will take you riding, I’m sure he will.

I’ll braid your tail hair to wear, to remember you.


What a rotten day. The tears just keep coming.

I know I look like a wreck, a mess. Losing it.

Never, ever ‘just a horse’ but more. So much more.

I’ll miss riding you, petting you and smelling you.


Another piece of my heart is missing now.

The wound will heal with love and friends.

I’m thankful for that but still I could do

without another horse, dog or cat shaped scar.


Ranger died today, very fast, from ingesting a poison probably like water hemlock.  We’ll miss him.  

Ranger, Belle, Tika and Lola


  1. toseekhimwithallofmyheart said,

    September 28, 2012 at 1:25 am

    My heart just aches for you, my sister. Such a loving, beautiful tribute to a piece of your heart that is now ‘missing in action’ for now. Until you meet again……

  2. Laurie Kolp said,

    September 28, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear this, Sanyns… but this is a heartfelt poem overflowing with love.

  3. Maribeth Curry said,

    September 28, 2012 at 1:30 am

    (¯`•.•´¯) (¯`•.•´¯)
    *`•.¸(¯`•.•´¯)¸.•´ ♥
    •˚ º ♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º.¸¸.•´¯`♥
    * ♥ ˚ ˚ ღ˛° So Sorry for your loss * °♥ ˚ • *˚ .

  4. Margaret said,

    September 28, 2012 at 1:48 am

    …Oh, I am so very sorry. I love, love my Oberon and I can’t imagine… just can’t imagine! Every day I visit him, I run my hand down his legs and check him all over. I truly understand a bond with a horse and I send you a very warm hug.

  5. September 28, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Shanyn, I am so so sorry. I so know the pain of missing these beautiful creatures, because the love goes so deep. I understand completely what you mean about the cat, dog and horse-shaped scars. These loving creatures leave foot and hoofprints on our hearts and we are forever changed.

    • shanyns said,

      November 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Thank you Sherry for your love, and understanding.

  6. brian miller said,

    September 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

    oh, i am sorry…ack…it was a rotten day…its like losing a member of the family…

  7. September 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I am so sorry. The grief from losing an animal is the same as the grief from losing a person. We carry them with us in our hearts. Just think…if it weren’t for the fall, nothing would have ever died…including animals. They are waiting for us…and we will be with them again forever.

    • shanyns said,

      November 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Linda…thank you so much for your love and understanding.

  8. Ella said,

    September 28, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I am so sorry n’ sad! Your poem was so touching~ How beautifully she touched your lives and you will remember her, forever~
    You and your family are in my thoughts~

  9. Marian said,

    September 29, 2012 at 12:13 am

    oh, how shocking and horrible, i’m so sorry to hear this, Shanyn, so sorry for your loss. big hugs across space and time to you ❤
    very big of you to think maybe an angel needed a horse to ride. whoosh. xoxo

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