With the flickering candlelight
And the smoke heady in my nostrils
I kneel down to pray.
Before me, the iron hammer
Golden light… 23 more words
A thought-provoking essay from Jo (the first of two) in response to Erin Lale's article "Humans, Please Stop Abusing the Rainbow Bridge," published in the latest issue of Eternal Haunted Summer. What offends me most about Lale's essay, personally, is the idea that even IF our pets really were going to Bifrost itself at their death, they would 1) stay there, instead of moving on to other places (as specified in the "Rainbow Bridge" motif she is complaining about) and, most of all, 2) that they would be lying there STILL DEAD on Bifrost. The idea that this could happen, or would be allowed to happen, just because humans envisioned it, is ridiculous and borders on the blasphemous (for me personally), but setting that aside for a moment, the imagery of Bifrost littered with dead animals is one I find extremely triggery. (Jo will be dealing with this idea more in depth in her follow-up post.) The "Rainbow Bridge" motif (something vets send out on sympathy cards to clients who have lost their pets) is a simple, comforting idea that has nothing at all to do with Bifrost (which is for the use of the gods alone, not the dead--as Jo points out). There are so few tools available to help people deal with this particular type of grief (which is not at all taken seriously in our society); why try to take this one away? And I'll stop ranting now, because Jo has covered all of this and more in her post--go read it! (And also? This gorgeous painting of Odin and Sleipnir riding in the Wild Hunt with Angel, by Lykeia, hangs in my living room; envy me, Odin's peeps!)