Delhi’s prayer: Delhi, I pray for your safe journey; unencumbered, light-footed and protected. I pray for your safe journey to where your spirit needs to go to.
On March 11/08 Our Dear Delhi had made her transition and has taken that long road to the "Rainbow Bridge" What follows next, is tributes that people have written for Delhi during her few good years at TES and in her passing just today I will add to this, as the dedications come through
March 13, 2008 A Message From Delhi Weep not for me I leave of my own free will To be with my sisters who once lived on this hill I’ve had four years of freedom, the best times of my life I leave with dignity and grace, free from worldly strife I had some tough years this lifetime, as each of you know In putting them behind me I have been able to grow I learned elephant strength from my sisters and friends And unconditional love, that truly knows of no ends It is with wisdom and grace I know it’s now time to leave I ask you to celebrate life and not my passing to grieve These years have been blessings beyond all of my dreams In a place where freedom means even more than it seems Now as I rest and relax in my world filled with love I hear the elephant angels beckon me from above I leave soft footprints here, upon hearts and the earth As I move on toward the light, understanding my worth Submitted by: Sherry Gail Heim Albuquerque, New Mexico
Elephant time isn’t measured
in years , weeks or days……..
it’s measured by sunrises and seasons,
raindrops on a sister while she plays.
It’s measured in nature’s rhythym,
windstorms and the changing moon,
a time to be born and one to move on,
we know dear one that time is soon.
Thank you for your many teachings Delhi,
how to hope and when to play.
To treasure each family member ,
not worry about the minutes in the day.
Your time now measured in caresses,
trunk touches and rumblesfill the air,
warm sawdustmakes you rest a little longer ,
cradled in your lovingfamily’s care.
Run Free, Be Free, Live Free Joanna, Tina and all the others wait for you You are forever in our thoughts Namaste Dear Grand Lady
In Celebration of Life (dedicated to Delhi)
My blessings abound, Can these be real? My home in the hills, Welcoming me? My chains disappeared, Playing for me? My spirit renewed, Is peace for me? My keepers are here, Their love for me? My sisters smiling, Trunks up for me? My world turned topsy, All this for me? My blessings are real, I feel so free! My rescue most dear, I can be me!
Barbara Borchardt El Paso, TX
She was a quiet girl, she knew not to complain After all, it was the only life she'd known. Living conditions were poor, and always in shackles and chains. Even in a crowded room - she was alone.
The days turned to months, the months into years. The food was improper, and the temperatures extreme. Sometimes she cried, and yes there were tears. Punished for no reason, or so it would seem.
Her body ached, her skin felt like leather. Standing was painful as her feet throbbed and burned This majestic creature became more weathered. Survival depended on her spirit she learned.
It was terrifying to leave, on that November day But when the truck stopped, and there were no harsh words, Soft voices spoke her name "Delhi", reassuring her it was OK Someday she will join the rest of the herd.
Heaven on Earth she lives now, to her it's all new. Napping in the sun, warm baths, treats, and toys Dreaming of the day when Lota comes here too. No more sorrow for the girls here, TES brings only joy.
poem written by Lori
For the New Girl
Take my hand and walk this way, to see what joys we will find today.
Through the door and out the gate, down the path we go. Your life begins today, a whole new world for you to know.
The grassy knolls, the sloping hills, the ponds they await you. Days like you have never had, and a peace that you have never known, all there, all brand new.
The special ones are here, ready at your beck and call. They wash, they sweep, they feed you, they care for you all.
Your sisters, you have a few, even though one of them is no longer here to greet you.
But she is near, her hill is not far, she waits for you, to pass her way, to chat, or just stand awhile and be with her and enjoy this wonderful day.
Oh hurry please, your sisters are waiting there, in this new big world that they want to share.
So, take my hand and walk this way, to see what joys we will find today.
Through the door, and out the gate, and down the path we go. But hurry please, there are things to do, a whole new world just waits for you.
Merilee Newman Tollhouse, CA January 2004
December 17, 2003
Now is your time Your time to live Your time to be free Your time to graze Your time to just be
Now is your time Your time to heal Your time to roam Your time to nap To have a real home
It hurts to think you could never do these before It hurts to think how many years you've been sore
Dear Delhi, Stay with us a while You are deep in my heart and you make everyone smile
A lifetime of waiting just to be free And not be sold rental property
As old as you are, we still watch you grow We know very well you're not ready to go
For fifty some years, you did not feel The love from your fans who will help you heal
You can now feel the fresh grass under you as you lay November 22 is Independence Day
Congratulations Delhi, We love you so Stay with us a while, you're not ready to go
IN MEMORY OF DELHI.........she passed on living ALIVE.
1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.
5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.
6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth - whether it be people or plant.
7. Honor other people's thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.
8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.
9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.
10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.
11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.
12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life's lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.
13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.
14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.
15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self - all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.
17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others - especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.
18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.
19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.
20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.
This is a tribute to my Mother Deanna Gail who passed away 38 years ago today. I really don't remember a lot about my Mom as I was only 5 when she passed away of Kidney Failure. My Father joined my Mom in 1998. These are poems that I have collected in memory of her. I Love You And Miss You Mom
You have left me with many memories; I miss you everyday. Sometimes I think of you, Not more than today. You'll never be forgotten, In my heart you are there to stay. I wish I could talk to you, Where ever you may lay. But that would take a miracle; Each day I have to ask why, And why I couldn't say goodbye. I miss you so much; I can't do it on my own. I think of you constantly; And I know you are not alone. With that I want to say I'll think of you everyday.
A brief moment of darkness was all that I knew, before Heaven's Gate came into my view.
Loved ones and friends I had missed for many years, welcomed me with open arms and many happy tears.
All the hurt, fear and pain that I have ever known, is gone from my life, I am finally home.
I gazed upon the Lord's sweet smiling face, and for the first time in my life I knew and felt His grace.
I know that you miss me, but please dry your eyes. I will always be watching and loving you from my home in the sky.
A cool breeze on your face, a touch of light rain, I will send as a reminder that we will be reunited again.
Life on earth is but one brief moment in time, I am finally home, Eternity is mine.
by Lisa Fisher
As I sat watching by your bed, A million thought ran through my head. Of just how much were you aware? Did you know that I was there?
Could you feel the love I sent, In whispered word, Or prayer bent? Upon my cross as I asked God, To spare your life for my selfish cause?
So that I could tell you just once more, "I love you Mommy! " as I had before. And we could chat like days of old, Over coffee cups all rimmed with gold.
And laugh and joke, or just to share some small hurt and perhaps a tear. To talk of the past, or things yet to do. To sniffle, and sneeze, and say "Bless You! "
All these dreams now hang in shreds, As I sit here with bowed down head. And ponder on these sad thoughts. Just to wonder, "Was it all for naught? " You truly were an angel sent from God in heaven above. Your shocking death just broke the hearts of everyone you loved. When I found out that you had died I thought that they were wrong. You were so alive - and then just like that, you were gone. A flame blown out in seconds, Confirming our worst fears - A light that shines no more on earth for which we shed many tears. But still you are my beacon And I need you right now. You hear all the prayers I say Because they are answered somehow. I wish that you could be here, But in a way you are. Your symbol of a rose goes everywhere with me, so I know you can't be far. It still is quite a shock to me that you had to die; But no one will forget you And I love you, and goodbye.
Death , Life
It stalks the night It stalks the day It seeks out life And whisks it away It's known as death And other things too But it's all the same What matters is you. How do you see it? What does it mean? It's best if you know For death is unseen. It can take you at day It can take you at night Knowing death well Can lend you some light The passage to death Is always unclear And it's best to know That you're very near. For death is at hand It is for us all Know it's face well So you don't stumble and fall Now think hard on death And know that it's near And the meaning of life Will be all to clear And that is to live For your hearts desire Not to stumble or fall But to burn with a fire. A fire for life To live for each day To reach for your dreams No matter what people say Life is a question And death holds a clue Reach not for the answer For your life's not due Live for the moment And die for it too For it's the moment that counts It, and you Now I'm all done I've said what I'll say Just remember one thing Live for the day!
Alive No More
She lies there unable to speak Gasping struggling for her last Breath of air.
The disease won - Her heart stops beating, She struggles no more, She is no longer alive. Her spirit is gone.
The funeral sad - very sad. Putting makeup on a person That is alive no more - How pitiful is that? She is no longer alive. No kind of makeup will change that.
People come offering their condolences, Thinking maybe it will ease the pain a little bit. They are wrong, so wrong. No words will ease the pain Of knowing that your mother is dead.
Your mother the one that gave birth to you - She is dead. Dead. Words will not heal, Hugs will not help, Tears will not bring her back. Because my mother for She is alive no more.
by Andrea Hill
I sit beside you, Mom On death’s doorstep you lay I set my head upon your wrist As I bow my head to pray
The world to me shut off The silence here is thick Alone just you and I And your watch’s rhythmic tick
I block out all my pain And loss I’m sure to feel I concentrate now deeply On the tick your watch reveals
I sit here now for days And hear the rhythmic sound I contemplate you being gone The thought now seems profound
The time for you is near To enter Heaven’s Gate I’ll stay here by your side Until your journey is complete
It’s months now since you’ve passed My wounds are healing slow I want so much to hear your voice To see your smile’s glow
I lay my head upon my wrist When my feelings are too strong I hear your watch’s rhythmic tick And know you’re never gone
by Corky Ferguson
The sun came up this morning; It wasn't very bright. My dark mood casts a shadow; It's hard to see the light.
We all have just one mother And, now that her life on earth is done, The emptiness and loss I feel Make it hard to see the sun.
Tomorrow is a brand new day; May the pain and sadness lighten. I will remember all her love, And then the sky will brighten.
Gone is not forgotten; Her love reminds behind; She's traveled in a new direction - Love knows no space or time.
I will always love her. She will care for me from above. She will send me starlight and rainbows To remind me of her love.
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