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शुभ-संध्या।
जय जय श्रीराम।।
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A Dog Has Died
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

by Pablo Neruda
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SEND Augustus Mutebesi Billy10 Aug 2016 01:32 An Ironic sardistic finish for such an emotion filled poem! Oluwatobi Moses29 Jul 2016 04:49 love this elegy For a dead dog.but he forgot to tell us his name.jaggy or bingo? Susan Williams06 Apr 2016 03:31 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. Gangadharan Nair Pulingat06 Apr 2016 10:47 One of best poem of Pablo Neruda that gave an enjoyment to readers in its style and content. Likes. Barry Middleton06 Apr 2016 10:28 I always loved this poem sorta like Neruda loved his dog and vice versa.
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