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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

  • thereen 11/12/2020 4:52:00 AM

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  • Dr Tony Brahmin 10/13/2020 10:20:00 AM

    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
    Materialist and his concept of heaven. tony
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  • Kay Lopez 3/24/2020 2:52:00 PM

    Lovely expression about the unconditional love and soulful qualities of the dog Reply

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  • Yeetyeet 2/6/2020 9:33:00 AM

    Thanks hahahahahhahajajahahajajhahahahahahahahahahhahaah Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga 1/4/2020 2:34:00 AM

    Life as well as the death of a pet dog- a companion- essayed by the poet through his own study, belief and philosophy. Thanks. Reply

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  • Michael Walker 11/17/2019 9:42:00 PM

    A long piece of drivel. If I liked dogs, I might think differently. Reply

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  • Leeann Azzopardi 11/17/2019 8:05:00 PM

    when my dog has pass away i'll return to this poem it's so beautiful for such a beautiful animal Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan 11/17/2019 6:09:00 PM

    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..................So sweetest said, beautiful sad poem. Dogs are indeed very loyal companions. A dog has died, not MY dog has died...wonderful love for his dog. CONGRATULATIONS for the Modern Poem Of The Day!
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  • Aniruddha Pathak 11/17/2019 8:14:00 AM

    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, ...
    Lovely feelings for a dog that died..
    Fabulous, the dog's love wanted nothing in return...even your wife expects something! ! !
    Beautiful poem.
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  • Harley White 11/17/2019 7:54:00 AM

    Marvelous poem! And thanks for the excellent translation... Reply

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