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A Dog Has Died - Poem by Pablo Neruda

My dog has died.
I buried him in the garden
next to a rusted old machine.

Some day I'll join him right there,
but now he's gone with his shaggy coat,
his bad manners and his cold nose,
and I, the materialist, who never believed
in any promised heaven in the sky
for any human being,
I believe in a heaven I'll never enter.
Yes, I believe in a heaven for all dogdom
where my dog waits for my arrival
waving his fan-like tail in friendship.

Ai, I'll not speak of sadness here on earth,
of having lost a companion
who was never servile.
His friendship for me, like that of a porcupine
withholding its authority,
was the friendship of a star, aloof,
with no more intimacy than was called for,
with no exaggerations:
he never climbed all over my clothes
filling me full of his hair or his mange,
he never rubbed up against my knee
like other dogs obsessed with sex.

No, my dog used to gaze at me,
paying me the attention I need,
the attention required
to make a vain person like me understand
that, being a dog, he was wasting time,
but, with those eyes so much purer than mine,
he'd keep on gazing at me
with a look that reserved for me alone
all his sweet and shaggy life,
always near me, never troubling me,
and asking nothing.

Ai, how many times have I envied his tail
as we walked together on the shores of the sea
in the lonely winter of Isla Negra
where the wintering birds filled the sky
and my hairy dog was jumping about
full of the voltage of the sea's movement:
my wandering dog, sniffing away
with his golden tail held high,
face to face with the ocean's spray.

Joyful, joyful, joyful,
as only dogs know how to be happy
with only the autonomy
of their shameless spirit.

There are no good-byes for my dog who has died,
and we don't now and never did lie to each other.

So now he's gone and I buried him,
and that's all there is to it.


Translated, from the Spanish, by Alfred Yankauer


Comments about A Dog Has Died by Pablo Neruda

  • Veteran Poet - 1,511 Points Augustus Mutebesi Billy (8/10/2016 1:32:00 AM)

    An Ironic sardistic finish for such an emotion filled poem! (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,786 Points Oluwatobi Moses (7/29/2016 4:49:00 PM)

    love this elegy For a dead dog.but he forgot to tell us his name.jaggy or bingo? (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 74,552 Points Susan Williams (4/6/2016 3:31:00 PM)

    Ha! He ends this poem saying: - - - - - - - - -]
    So now he's gone and I buried him,
    and that's all there is to it.
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - I never knew he was a bald-faced liar before! Because listen to what he wrote earlier- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -]
    No, my dog used to gaze at me,
    paying me the attention I need,
    the attention required
    to make a vain person like me understand
    that, being a dog, he was wasting time,
    but, with those eyes so much purer than mine,
    he'd keep on gazing at me
    with a look that reserved for me alone
    all his sweet and shaggy life,
    always near me, never troubling me,
    and asking nothing.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Yeah, right, Mr Neruda, you can't fool us! Those dogs and horses and cats and whatnot curl up in your heart no matter what we want people to believe. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Dog

  1. 1. A Dog Has Died , Pablo Neruda
  2. 2. Mother Doesn'T Want A Dog , Judith Viorst
  3. 3. The Dog Lovers , Spike Milligan
  4. 4. The Dog , Ogden Nash
  5. 5. The New Dog , Linda Pastan
  6. 6. Happy Dog , Flying Lemming
  7. 7. The Power Of The Dog , Rudyard Kipling
  8. 8. What The Dog Perhaps Hears , Lisel Mueller
  9. 9. Epigram Engraved On The Collar Of A Dog .. , Alexander Pope
  10. 10. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  11. 11. Verse For A Certain Dog , Dorothy Parker
  12. 12. The Dog And His Master , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  13. 13. Abandoned Dog , Robert William Service
  14. 14. Tom's Little Dog , Walter de la Mare
  15. 15. I Started Early - Took My Dog , Emily Dickinson
  16. 16. An Elegy On A Lap-Dog , John Gay
  17. 17. Walking The Dog , Howard Nemerov
  18. 18. To Flush, My Dog , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  19. 19. The Dog Of Art , Denise Levertov
  20. 20. To A Lady With An Unruly And Ill-Mannere.. , Sir Walter Raleigh
  21. 21. The Ballad Of M. T. Nutt And His Dog , Banjo Paterson
  22. 22. Hot Digitty Dog , Robert William Service
  23. 23. My Dog , Marchette Chute
  24. 24. Red Dog , Rudyard Kipling
  25. 25. A Dog Of Few Words , Ima Ryma
  26. 26. Homer's Seeing-Eye Dog , William Matthews
  27. 27. Morgan's Dog , Banjo Paterson
  28. 28. ! Three Persons And A Dog And Loyalty , Michael Shepherd
  29. 29. A Dog With Six Names , Arsiema Berhane
  30. 30. The Shepherd's Dog , Mary Darby Robinson
  31. 31. 0409 The Postman And The Dog, Or Plato's.. , Michael Shepherd
  32. 32. A Lost Boy And His Dog , Joseph T. Renaldi
  33. 33. Happy Dog 2 , Flying Lemming
  34. 34. (300) Our Dog (Blaze) , Melvina Germain
  35. 35. 0204 Every Dog Will Have His Night , Michael Shepherd
  36. 36. Me, My Dog, And The Beach , Karen Curcio
  37. 37. These Dog Days Of Summer (Raining Cats A.. , Chuck Audette
  38. 38. Zz Border Collies Dilemma Or Lessons Of .. , Mary Havran
  39. 39. Unfortunate Dog Names , Chuck Audette
  40. 40. Clowns, Butterflies, Dog , Arthur Knackmus
  41. 41. The Black Dog (Depression) , Dallas Nyberg
  42. 42. The Dying Hunter To His Dog , Susanna Strickland Moodie
  43. 43. The Bagman's Dog, : Mr. Peters's Story , Richard Harris Barham
  44. 44. I Love My Dog 'Bobbie' , David Darbyshire
  45. 45. 0027 Dog And Man , Michael Shepherd
  46. 46. Unfinished Landscape With A Dog , Kate Northrop
  47. 47. Ben's Dog , Sidi J. Mahtrow
  48. 48. My Dog Fred , Nadalia Bagratuni
  49. 49. Dippy The Dog , Charles M Moore
  50. 50. My Dog , Robert William Service
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