By Claire Burianek

People like to say

that animals are just animals.

They aren’t as complex

as humans.

But I’ve never met a human

as influential

as you.

Everyone knows

the story of how you fought

to keep your life.

But the story

didn’t end there.

You not only survived,

but you thrived,

despite the obstacles you faced.

People came

from all around the globe

just to visit with you.

Sweet little dolphin,

you helped amputees,


and people with disabilities.

You showed the world

what it means

to overcome.

Thank you

for everything you’ve given back

to humanity.

Rest in peace.