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THE GREAT PABLO……………………….By Catherina

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You feared the world by harsh hands that disempowered you,

You were badly treated as they tried to break your spirit,

Trapped in a state of misery and bound to a journey of sorrow,

Your heart cried out in pain, “Save me”.


You stood tall, you beautiful loving white mule,

You were made to carry a cart burdened with greed and anger,

You absorbed and endured the pain in order to survive,

But your fragility and judgement was clouded with emotions.

Abandoned by the people who had you, as darkness crept inside your heart,

Then a gentle voice beckoned you to come forth,

Leave down your chains of struggle and walk free with me,

You are not alone anymore Pablo, you will never feel alone.


Gentle hands saved you and wrapped you in a blanket of compassion,

And as the days unfolded you were cared for and loved,

You were gently and patiently nurtured,

And time enabled you to trust humans again.

Yara and Flora…………….by Catherina

Flora is in the garden near to the flowers, as her name suggests, whilst Yara waits by the gate

There is a donkey here called Yara,
The other called Flora is tall and white,
They like to eat food of all the others if they could,
And it’s clear to see they have a large appetite!

This new friendship that has appeared to have blossomed.
An inseparable pair with so much love in their hearts,
Circumstance has interwoven a very special bond,
Walking side by side and never apart.

As their journey unfolds,
And their friendship is sung,
They like to chat endlessly,
Of bales when they were young.

Yara and Flora will remain forever true,
Their love for each other is a sight to be seen,
The everlasting light shines bright all around them,
And the cloudless misty sky it shines so blue.

By Catherina

Clever Kees………………by Catherina

You wander here, you wander there,
Up and down and over the hills,
You wander all over the place,
“How did you get in there, Kees?”

You leave the stable in the morning and off you go,
Sometimes I see you when I walk the dogs,
But you get yourself stuck in fenced off places,
“How did you get in there, Kees?”

I look for you when it’s time for food,
I walk around but you are not to be found,
I notice a donkey in the vegetable garden,
“How did you get in there, Kees?”

The gate is locked with large fields to roam,
Lots of grass to eat, lots of donkeys to greet,
Then I find you eating at the bales of straw,
“How did you get in there, Kees?”

Curious Calimero……by Catherina

I Love to jump,
I love to play,
The fields are so plentiful,
And there’s lots of hay.

There is a lot to see,
And lots to do,
I run around,
And Chulo joins in too.

I was on my own,
Where I was before,
I like it here,
And will stay forever more

Calimero is a donkey who arrived at Paraiso Del Burro in January 2012. He is 29 years old. His previous owner Jose had Calimero as a working donkey but more so as the family pet. His children were all grown up and felt Calimero needed the company of other donkeys. Jose was unable to care for Calimero due to his own health and was happy in knowing that Calimero would be going to a good environment and would be well looked after.
Catherina Davis