Rainbow Bridge – fantasy poem

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Rainbow Bridge – fantasy poem

The “Rainbow Bridge” poem comes from a famous short story written sometime between 1980 – 1992, and known all over the world. The best known was written and copyrighted by William S. Britton, but it has many versions, and has been put into verse many, many times. Mine is far from the first poem that tells its tale. While the idea of the “rainbow bridge” originates from Norse mythology – the current version tells of a wondrous place where beloved pets go after their deaths only to be reunited with their loving master or mistress when all have passed. It is a beautiful story — and easily found on the web. I encourage you to read the original. But for now — in homage — here too, is my poem of the Rainbow Bridge

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Rainbow Bridge – fantasy poem
copyright 2011 by Jon Gutmacher

They say a place called Rainbow Bridge
is somewhere in the sky
it is a place where loving pets
go after
they do

Its meadows and its green fields
are surrounded by rolling hills
the sky is clear
the moon is bright
pets heal
without their ills

And each day that they stay there
they play and romp
with fun
and in the night
thru God’s Great Grace
sleep sound ‘til morning comes

And there they stay
while time stands still
until the day you die
and then a light
does suddenly shine
your pet begins to cry

For it sees you in the clearing
so far, but yet so near
and runs to you
with wagging tail
without a care
or fear

And then it jumps
into your arms
warm kisses on your face
it quivers with excitement now
to feel your fond embrace

For love will always triumph
the bond will never break
and side-by-side
cross Rainbow Bridge
which leads to
Heaven’s gate

The background photograph is a copyrighted work by the very talented photographer, Nicholas Valentin, appears with permission, and can be found at, along with many other of his exceptional works. It seemed perfect for this poem

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One Comment so far:

  1. jimmy a akuna says:

    Love it, very touching, especially if you’ve lost a pet you dearly loved. I wish this poem were true as I’d love to cross that Rainbow Bridge with my pet bulldog “Sarge” when the time comes

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