Thursday, April 25, 2013

Yeah, It's Been of One of Those Days

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

by Billy Collins




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.

1 comment:

  1. Our neighbor's dogs are barking barking barking these days too. I haven't tried playing Beethoven though...

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Hey, thanks for your thoughts and your time:>)