On Death

8 04 2008

Rabhar is dead

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Death is not extinguishing the light;
it is only putting out the lamp
because the dawn has come.

Rabindranath Tagore

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Poem from Darvish's blog
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26 responses

8 04 2008
Marahm

Oh, Aafke, I am so sorry! I am so very sorry; I know how much you loved that horse. How? When? Why? The poem is beautiful. I will remember it as I grieve for my father, and I will pray for you as you grieve for your dear companion, Rabhar.

8 04 2008
delhi4cats

I’m thinking of you Aafke and sending you a virtual hug. Noone should ever underestimate the love and bond between a person and their pet. I know that Rabhar has brought so much joy and love into your life. Hang on and cherish all those memories.

8 04 2008
Achelois

Please check email

8 04 2008
Shahrzad

He was the most beautiful horse i’d ever seen. With too many stories behind his ancestors. Good that he didnt suffer so much pain.. I loved him and i love you, Aafke..

8 04 2008
Umm Ibrahim

I’m so sorry to read this Aafke! Indeed we all know how much you loved Rahar… love and hugs to you. Umm Ibrahim x

8 04 2008
Nevis

I’m very sorry for your loss.

8 04 2008
Marahm

I must say again how sorry I am to see this post. I resd through your blog and looked at the pictures of lovely Rabhar, and I can hardly believe that such a magnificent equine spirit has left this world. Your blog is part of my life now; I’ve drawn inspiration from it, and I’ve so admired (and envied!)your relationship with your horses.

I wish I could do something to help you bear this loss, but all I can do is give you my heart through these words.

8 04 2008
tina

Oh Aafke I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you love your horses. I am thinking about you and you are in my prayers.

8 04 2008
Checkers

I am very sorry to hear this news. I will keep you and yours in my Corgi thoughts.

8 04 2008
firefly

Aafke, I am so very sorry for your loss. In the last 6 months I have dealt with the death of my Mother and my 14 year old minature Schnauzer, so I know some of what you may be feeling. Know that many are with you in thought and prayer.

8 04 2008
Susie of Arabia

Dearest Aafke – I’m so so sorry. You know that I am thinking of you and hoping you and Tarq make it together through this sad time in your lives.

8 04 2008
Susie of Arabia

Forgot to say how much I love the photo with this post. It is very powerful yet dreamlike. Thinking of you…

8 04 2008
Lofter

My heart and my prayers go out for you, my dear friend. I have no words but to say I’m so sorry.

8 04 2008
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9 04 2008
Baraka

I’m so sorry to hear about this. Sending you lots of love!

9 04 2008
Aafke

My dear friends, thank you all very much for your kind words, thoughts and prayers.
I’m very sad because I have to miss Rabhar, but it is only out of selfishness: For Rabhar it was good to go.

I couldn’t write, and not at all about Rabhar. But I feel an itching now. Perhaps there are going to be a few more posts on my desert prince.

Thank you Suroor for your beautiful poem, and Shahrzad for wanting to be Rabhar if you had to be an animal. Thank you Bedu for all your mails. And Lofter for the ping-back.

Rabhar’s tendons in his hindlegs had completely given away, and he was in pain, and deteriorating every week. I think he was also so thin because he was in so much pain. He had more difficulty walking, but still loved showing off.

His death was very serene and peaceful. He suffered no pain or fear. I am very grateful for this.

9 04 2008
darvish

May Allah bless the great spirit of beautiful Rabhar, and give hills and valleys to run in, sweet grass to eat, and clear water to drink in the pastures of heaven. Ameen.

Ya Haqq!

9 04 2008
Aafke

Thank you Irving, and for posting the poem just at the moment I had realised I had to let Rabhar go. You can’t imagine how it helped me look at it with good feelings.
And I have no doubt he is exactely where you described. There was never a spark of evil in his heart. only purity and goodness.

9 04 2008
pbsweeney

I grew up with horses and understand their often profoundly good nature. Yet it is a very special person who embraces a horse such as Rabhar, with all that he had been through and all that he faced. What a gift of love you were to him, and he of course to you. Thank you for sharing Love for Love’s sake, with us.

9 04 2008
Tasmaniac

My deepest sympathies to you on your loss, I can only imagine how sad it must be for you. šŸ˜¦ A BIG virtual hug from me too….

10 04 2008
Haleem

Terribly sorry for your loss. Used to have a dog called “Magic” before in Bangladesh… it died… so I can only imagine how upset you must be.

10 04 2008
Checkers

Still thinking of you. Hang in there.

12 04 2008
jahandost

Deepest sympathies for you Aafke. May God make it easier for you to bear this loss. Death seems to be the only certainty in life, whether one is a human, a horse or any other creation.

12 04 2008
Aafke

pbsweeny, welcome and thank you for your kind comment.
I’m convinced Rabhar was very satisfied with me šŸ™‚

Thanks Tasman!

Haleem, a dog named Magic must have been a very special one indeed.

Checkers, a virtual scooby snack to you.

Jahandost: You are right, and I’m not sorry for Rabhar, it’s mostly selfish!

15 04 2008
~W~

Iā€™m so sorry for your loss Aafke. The words of Tagore are so beautiful and so true. Hang in there ā¤

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