Saturday, March 22, 2014

Lost horse in spring

My fingertips trace the soft concave velvet of the side of a dying horse's nose. In twilight, the awkward, well-meaning vet blends sympathy with science, explanations of angle and force and bone density that soften to "I'm sorry" and painful quiet. The horse's owner, quivering with grief and strength, will not cry until later, but I let my own tears mark the passing as the pink vial empties.

The vet checks breaths as they still, heartbeats as they cease. Legs move, then stop. In the darkness, our faces are kept secret as we wait.

"Corneal reflex is the last thing to go," the vet says after a while, which explains why, after death, the little horse watches us mourn him.



Artemis Grey said...

Oh, how well I know this keening ache, this ebb of life and lingering emptiness that clings to the edges of your mind. <3 to you, and the pony's owner. It doesn't help much to say, but I know the pony will be in good company roaming the fields of that far off beyond place with those of mine who've already found their way there.

Niranjana Menon said...

That's so beautiful....