(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Another Reason Why I Don'T Keep A Gun In The House

The neighbors' dog will not stop barking.
He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark
that he barks every time they leave the house.
They must switch him on on their way out.

The neighbors' dog will not stop barking.
I close all the windows in the house
and put on a Beethoven symphony full blast
but I can still hear him muffled under the music,
barking, barking, barking,

and now I can see him sitting in the orchestra,
his head raised confidently as if Beethoven
had included a part for barking dog.

When the record finally ends he is still barking,
sitting there in the oboe section barking,
his eyes fixed on the conductor who is
entreating him with his baton

while the other musicians listen in respectful
silence to the famous barking dog solo,
that endless coda that first established
Beethoven as an innovative genius.

by Billy Collins

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We all know the feeling when we are disturbed.
Guns and roses! Better pick up the roses and forget about the guns! ! ! ! 🤗📚🎓🖊 Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
A great soliloquy, in the lighter vein perhaps, giving the reason for not keeping a gun in the house a the irritant of the neighbors barking dog may compel him to use that gun. A great modern poem of the Day.
A brilliant poem nicely executed. It is justified for selecting modern poem of as the poem of day. Congratulation.
Addition: Last 11 March 2018 this poem was chosen as TMPOTD, WOW! Double Congrats from me, Billy.
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