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Jimmy Stewart’s beautiful poem about his dog Beau will break your heart

Jimmy Stewart’s beautiful poem about his dog Beau will break your heart

Back in 1981 James "Jimmy" Stewart appeared on an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and read out a poem about his pet titled I’ll Never Forget a Dog Named Beau. 

James "Jimmy" Stewart was a legendary actor who gave us beautiful momes like It’s a Wonderful Life, Rear Window, and Vertigo. But not many know that the late star had a passion for poetry. Back in 1981 he appeared on an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and read out a poem about his pet titled I’ll Never Forget a Dog Named Beau



 

"He never came to me when I would call/ Unless I had a tennis ball/ Or he felt like it/ But mostly he didn't come at all. /When he was young / He never learned to heel / Or sit or stay/ He did things his way," began the veteran actor describing his pet's naughty personality according to Tree Hugger

Throughout the poem, Stewart didn't hesitate to point out that his dog was never good at being disciplined but there were a few things the animal did that stole his heart. "We are early-to-bedders at our house -- I guess I'm the first to retire/ And as I'd leave the room he'd look at me / And get up from his place by the fire / He knew where the tennis balls were upstairs / And I'd give him one for a while / He would push it under the bed with his nose / And I'd fish it out with a smile," he continued.



 

"And before very long He'd tire of the ball / And be asleep in his corner In no time at all/ And there were nights when I'd feel him Climb upon our bed / And lie between us / And I'd pat his head. / And there were nights when I'd feel this stare / And I'd wake up and he'd be sitting there / And I reach out my hand and stroke his hair. / And sometimes I'd feel him sigh and I think I know the reason why. / He would wake up at night / And he would have this fear / Of the dark, of life, of lots of things / And he'd be glad to have me near / And now he's dead."

At this point, the audience was left stunned as the heartbroken actor continued reading the piece in a shaky voice, "And there are nights when I think I feel him / Climb upon our bed and lie between us / And I pat his head / And there are nights when I think I feel that stare / And I reach out my hand to stroke his hair, / But he's not there / Oh, how I wish that wasn't so / I'll always love a dog named Beau." As he concluded the poem, there was not a single dry eye in the room, even the show's host Jimmy Carson was left incredibly emotional. 

Cover source image: YouTube Screenshot | Johnny Carson

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