When Dogs Die

Syllable Poem in text and on video

When a dog dies,

does its ghost haunt its grave - if it has one?

Grave, that is.

A place where it's laid down to rest.

To be a ghost,

you must at first have had a soul.

So, I guess what I ask is:

Do dogs have a soul?

They do if people do.

So do pigs, and birds, and ants,

and bugs so small they can't be seen.

And what of plants?

Each nut, each seed, is life.

An egg. A germ.

All things that live have got a soul - or none.

Soul is life, life is soul.

Two words for the same thing.

But ghost?

Do souls stay, when life has gone,

and there's but a corpse that moves no more?

Flesh that rots,

bones that crack and turn to dust.

Where does life go,

when flesh turns to soil?

If what makes us move

is not the same as that which moves,

then life doesn't stop when legs do.

The soul moves on.

I tell you:

The ghosts of dead dogs bark at their graves.

If you try hard,

if you be still,

and make no noise of your own,

you can hear it.

My "Syllable Poems" are written exclusively with one-syllable words, which is not that hard in the English language. All the words of fundamental importance to a poet have just one syllable.

Here's my Youtube account, if you prefer going there to see this and other poems as video recitals:


My Poems

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Give me a drink that saves my soul...

What God Are We Talking About?

My thoughts on the basic questions of theists and atheists:
If a god exists, and if so - what kind of god?

I Like to Watch

I like to watch. Don't you? This is a video poem about the pleasure of watching. I call it a syllable poem, because it's made up of one-syllable words.

When Dogs Die

Do dogs have ghosts? A video filmed poem about souls. I call it a syllable poem, because it consists of only one-syllable words. The dog's name is Max. It was still very much alive when I posted this video, but later its owner told me that's not the case anymore, sadly.

Life, That Is

What's the meaning of life? And how to find it? A video filmed poem. I call it a syllable poem, because it consists entirely of one-syllable words.

Love in the Snow

Love and death and snow. A video poem about how they relate. I call it a syllable poem, because it's written entirely with one-syllable words.


Who is watching, and who is being watched? Here's a video filmed poem of mine. I call it a letter poem, since it is made up entirely of single letters.

Fiction by Stefan Stenudd.

My Fiction

All's End science-fiction
Murder contemplation
Chapter One and on of a new novel
Waves short stories
Video recitals
My books
Fabulous fiction
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My Fiction Books

All's End, science fiction novel by Stefan Stenudd.

All's End

Science fiction novel about a quest through the universe for a perfect world. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Occasionally I Contemplate Murder, by Stefan Stenudd.

Occasionally I Contemplate Murder

Thoughts on life, death, and the meaning of it all, explored by anecdotes and mythological fragments. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.


All about the peaceful Japanese martial art.

A system of jo (staff) and ken (sword) exercises for aikido students.

My paintings, drawings, photos and video art.

My writing - fiction as well as non-fiction.

What the Greek philosophers thought about the cosmos, the gods and the myths.

Myth, its psychology and archetypes.

Essays on various intriguing topics.

My blog with random thoughts.

My bio.

My Other Websites

Myths in general and myths of creation in particular.

Qi (also spelled chi or ki) explained and exercises to increase it.

An encyclopedia of life energy concepts around the world.

The wisdom of Taoism and the Tao Te Ching, its primary source.

The ancient Chinese system of divination and free online reading.

Tarot card meanings in divination and a free online spread.

The complete horoscope and how to read it.

Zodiac sign astrology, explaining each sign and its meaning.

My Facebook page.

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My Amazon Author page.

My YouTube account with aikido videos.

My YouTube account Aravadia, with art videos and poetry.

My Swedish website.

My Books

Click the header to get to the webpage where I present all my books in English. Click an image below to go to that book's page on Amazon.

All's End, science fiction novel by Stefan Stenudd. Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained, by Stefan Stenudd. Tao Quotes - The Ancient Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.
Cosmos of the Ancients, by Stefan Stenudd. Occasionally I Contemplate Murder, by Stefan Stenudd. QI - increase your life energy, by Stefan Stenudd.
Attacks in Aikido, by Stefan Stenudd. Aikido Principles, by Stefan Stenudd. Aikibatto, by Stefan Stenudd.
Life Energy Encyclopedia, by Stefan Stenudd. Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd. Your Health in Your Horoscope, by Stefan Stenudd.

About me
I'm a Swedish writer of fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an artist, an historian of ideas and a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor. Click the header to read my full bio.