See you at Rainbow bridge

 

Hartsdale Pet Cemetery è il primo cimitero per animali domestici degli Stati Uniti. Fondato nel 1896 dal Dottor Samuel Johnson, veterinario newyorchese, che ha donato un meleto nella contea di Westchester, a nord di New York, per adibirlo a luogo di sepoltura per i cani dei padroni in lutto. È anche l’unico nel quale i padroni possono essere cremati e sepolti con i propri animali.

See you at Rainbow Bridge è un viaggio attraverso le lapidi e la vita del cimitero.

Nella tragica quotidianità contemporanea, dove gli esseri umani si sono imbestialiti, sembra che gli animali, come nelle favole, ci invitino a soffermarci e a pensare a ciò che di umano stiamo smarrendo.

Andare oltre, forti della memoria viva; il ricongiungersi.

 

Editing: Gaia Light

 

At Rainbow Bridge è il titolo di un’anonima poesia americana scritta negli anni ’80. Descrive un luogo, Rainbow Bridge, nell’al di là dove i defunti animali domestici si ristorano in attesa di ricongiungersi con il proprio padrone.

At Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge, there is a land of meadows,
hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm Spring weather.
Those old and frail animals are young again.
Those who have been maimed are made whole again.
They play all day with each other.

Some of them here by the Bridge are different.
These pets were beaten, starved, tortured, and unloved.
They watch wistfully as their friends leave one by one,
to cross the bridge with their special person.
For them there is no one, no special one.
Their time on earth did not give them one.

But one day, as they run and play,
they notice someone standing by the road to the bridge.
This person wistfully watches the reunions of friends,
for during life, this person had no pet.
This person was beaten, starved, tortured, and unloved.

Standing there alone, one of the unloved pets approaches,
curious as to why this one is alone.
And as the unloved pet and the unloved person get nearer to each other,
a miracle occurs, for these are the ones who were meant to be together,
the special person and the beloved pet who never had the chance to meet while on Earth.
Finally, now, at the edge of the Rainbow Bridge, their souls meet,
the pain and the sorrow disappears, and two friends are together.

They cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.

Anonymous