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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

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Poems About Dog

  1. 1. A Dog Has Died , Pablo Neruda
  2. 2. The Dog Lovers , Spike Milligan
  3. 3. Happy Dog , Flying Lemming
  4. 4. What The Dog Perhaps Hears , Lisel Mueller
  5. 5. Mother Doesn'T Want A Dog , Judith Viorst
  6. 6. Abandoned Dog , Robert William Service
  7. 7. The Dog , Ogden Nash
  8. 8. Verse For A Certain Dog , Dorothy Parker
  9. 9. The Power Of The Dog , Rudyard Kipling
  10. 10. To Flush, My Dog , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  11. 11. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  12. 12. The New Dog , Linda Pastan
  13. 13. I Started Early - Took My Dog , Emily Dickinson
  14. 14. Walking The Dog , Howard Nemerov
  15. 15. Hot Digitty Dog , Robert William Service
  16. 16. Epigram Engraved On The Collar Of A Dog .. , Alexander Pope
  17. 17. Happy Dog 2 , Flying Lemming
  18. 18. The Dog Of Art , Denise Levertov
  19. 19. To A Lady With An Unruly And Ill-Mannere.. , Sir Walter Raleigh
  20. 20. Tom's Little Dog , Walter de la Mare
  21. 21. Dog, Man's Best Friend , Michael Gale
  22. 22. My Dog , Robert William Service
  23. 23. An Elegy On A Lap-Dog , John Gay
  24. 24. Red Dog , Rudyard Kipling
  25. 25. The Shepherd's Dog , Mary Darby Robinson
  26. 26. Dorothea (Pet Pet Pet Pet Dog Dog Dog D.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  27. 27. The Ballad Of M. T. Nutt And His Dog , Banjo Paterson
  28. 28. A Dog Of Few Words , Ima Ryma
  29. 29. My Dog , Marchette Chute
  30. 30. Your Dog , Francis Duggan
  31. 31. One Man & His Dog , Dónall Dempsey
  32. 32. Old Joe The Black Cattle Dog , Francis Duggan
  33. 33. Wiener Dog Callie! , Michael Gale
  34. 34. Prize Winning Haiku - Morning Tai Chi An.. , john tiong chunghoo
  35. 35. Dog Love , Otteri Selvakumar
  36. 36. Dog Stay Dog Stay , RIC S. BASTASA
  37. 37. Homer's Seeing-Eye Dog , William Matthews
  38. 38. His Dog Is A Man's Best Friend , Francis Duggan
  39. 39. A Famous Dog Story , Francis Duggan
  40. 40. The Black Dog (Depression) , Dallas Nyberg
  41. 41. The Dog And His Master , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  42. 42. Dog Tanka , john tiong chunghoo
  43. 43. Dippy The Dog , Charles M Moore
  44. 44. I Love The Smell Of Fresh Cut Grass And .. , Ted Sheridan
  45. 45. The Pharisees Dog Ate My Homework , Ted Sheridan
  46. 46. The Dog Running , Sadiqullah Khan
  47. 47. The Dog Days Of Summer , Audrey Heller
  48. 48. Every Dog Has His Day , Francis Duggan
  49. 49. Dog Kiss , Otteri Selvakumar
  50. 50. He Ate Dog Food , Randy Johnson
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