Saturday, November 08, 2008


May your soul be lifted to heights of eternal destination...

A Dog Has Died
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


At 8:58 AM, Blogger A. B. said...

alam mo bang si pablo neruda ay mas kilala ng mga kaibigan ko sa kanyang mga classic romantic ode? lingid sa alam ng karamihan sa kanila na mas may lalim palang talaga ang mga lathala niya.. and much more for being an activist in life.

pero mas gamit namin siya sa mga linguaheng... "maghanap ka na ng pablo mo" o di kaya'y "may pablo na ako." hehe

o what shame for such shameless spirit to soar to never-neverdom..

At 2:53 AM, Blogger kauban said...

only from a heart like pablo's would a poem like this be written for a departed friend.

hehe. ms ab, asan blog entry mo? musta na? job hunting din ako, alam mo ba?

At 9:49 PM, Blogger A. B. said...

what? bakeeeet?

nanawa ka na sa dati mong work? hmm.. ",)

naku, good luck to both of us. baka mas madali ka pang makahanap ng work kaysa sa akin.

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ey !! wala lang iwas just browsing... nakita ko at may tula ni pablo neruda dito .. at sino ba ang nagpakilala sayo kay pablo??!!! (Hint)
hoy magparamdam ka naman.. buhay ka pa pala e wag kang magalala kinakamusta lang kita :)

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