BrooksLooks @ Final Injection

an injured leg
an ominous break
the inevitable steps
a vet must take

adrenaline runs wild
with anguish and stress
the only relief
in a wrangler’s caress

first needle, he falls
with wild, uncertain eyes
then a fatal, final injection
until his strong heartbeat dies

only broken hearts
after the quieted storm
tears fall down
on his neck still warm

we’ll miss his life
the love he shared with all
there are new hoofbeats in heaven
here an unused saddle,
an empty stall

the herd diminished
as Frino dies
and a ranch is sanctified
by tears
from a wrangler’s eyes

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