Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Dog for Jesus

This week as Christians around the world are celebrating Easter, it seemed fitting to do a poem about Easter. After several writing attempts involving the Easter bunny, colored eggs and the obvious religious theme, I was left with nothing worth publishing!

So……here’s a fitting poem written by a real poet, Rudyard Kipling. His poem, A Dog for Jesus, certainly fits the theme and sanctity of this special day. The photo is a scene from the Stations of the Cross memorial located near Bloom, Texas. USA.

(Where dogs go when they die)

I wish someone had given Jesus a dog.
As loyal and loving as mine.
To sleep by His manger and gaze in His eyes
And adore Him for being divine.

As our Lord grew to manhood His faithful dog,
Would have followed Him all through the day.
While He preached to the crowds and made the sick well
And knelt in the garden to pray.
It is sad to remember that Christ went away.
To face death alone and apart.
With no tender dog following close behind,
To comfort its Master's Heart.
And when Jesus rose on that Easter morn,
How happy He would have been,
As His dog kissed His hand and barked it's delight,
For The One who died for all men.

Well, the Lord has a dog now, I just sent Him mine,
The old pal so dear to me.
And I smile through my tears on this first day alone,
Knowing they're in eternity.
Day after day, the whole day through,
Wherever my road inclined,
Four feet said, "Wait, I'm coming with you!"
And trotted along behind.

Rudyard Kipling



I like this poem because the lines rhyme and the poem has rhythm. It’s my opinion that if the lines don’t rhyme, its prose not poetry! Not all writers agree with me on that.

I left the formatting of the poem as I found it. You will notice there are three versus and they each have a different number of lines. This is unusual, but it does separate the three different lines of thought


  1. It's a lovely poem, but only the last few lines are Kipling's.

  2. Thanks for the input, I did not know that!