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When We Have To Say Goodbye - The Covenant

I'll lend you for just a while, this precious bird of mine,
he said, for you to love while she lives.
And for you to mourn when she is dead.
It may be for six or seven years or maybe twenty three.
But will you, until I call her back, take care of her for me?
She will bring her joy to gladden you.
And shall her stay be brief,
you will only have her lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay, as all from Earth will return
but there are still lessons to be taught down there
that I want this bird to learn.
I've looked the whole world over for teachers true
and from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give her all your love
and not hate me when I come to take her home again?
And then I heard them softly say 'Dear lord, thy will be done'.
For all the joy this bird shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shower her with tenderness and love her while we may.
And should the angels call for her sooner then we planned,
we'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and just try to understand.
May your wounds heal quickly but never forget their love.

"With moments well treasured and memories so cherished."
Forever in our hearts