I have just received my newsletter from the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth Devon - included was this poem that I would like to share with you it was written by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen from the sanctuary.
I have attached the website address at the bottom of the poem - perhaps you may like to visit
It's cold and dark, and I'm standing alone
On a wet,boggy pasture I have to call home
If I try to lie down my coat gets all wet
And although I am freezing , I'm covered in sweat
I'm not sure why.but I've pain in my feet
I've turned right around so my back's to the sleet
But my legs are all shaky and I just cannot stand
And sink to the ground to lie on the land
I'm scared that I won't be alive for the dawn
I'm starving, with no chance to eat till the morn
And sleep seems impossible I'm so very cold
I'm not very big and I don't think I am old.
I think I am dreaming - I see a bright light
And I hear people's voices,coming near in the night
"He must be near here - it's where he was seen
And the footsteps come nearer - I'm lit up in a beam.
"Oh my god ,here he is, in a terrible state
I just hope we've found him before it's too late"
And gentle hands lift me, I just cannot stand
And they carry me off over wet ,boggy land.
And I'm worried again
I cannot remember the rest of the night
I rested on straw as we drove until light
Then tender hands lifted me out of the van
And a kind voice said "try to stand if you can"
And I tried
I was helped to a stable, so warm and so clean
Given hay and water - the best meal I've seen
And they bathed my feet and I felt this was heaven
For God had found me sanctuary in Devon
And I never had to worry again!
web site www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk