Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Another Reason Why I Don'T Keep A Gun In The House - Poem 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.
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Comments about Another Reason Why I Don'T Keep A Gun In The House by Billy Collins

  • Ruth Campbell (1/30/2008 11:23:00 AM)


    Cute. I wonder how a mewing cat would sound along with the Moonlight Sonata. (Report) Reply

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  • (12/18/2007 10:20:00 AM)


    When it happened to me......I thought 'What would Dear Abby do? ' She'd go straight to the source..........so I telephoned.......sheepishly apologizing for bothering them for bothering me.........I explained that '......even with my windows closed and my music wide open....'...........The Lady of The House told me '...well, get in line. The whole neighborhood is complaining.......' Things changed, though.........every time I'd drive by their house they'd lean out the front door calling me names.............My dog, Bless Her Heart, never forgave them and they weren't allowed to come and go without her barking in their direction.........They couldn't even sneak to their car! They couldn't have a BBQ, they couldn't mow their stupid crabby grass without my best friend making them squirm! Their dog, the size of a chicken. My dog? a large pony.....and smart enough to never cross her property line................The perfect payback..... (Report) Reply

  • (5/25/2007 12:41:00 PM)


    Yes brother, and certain barking people are the reason I do not keep a gun in the car... (Report) Reply

  • (10/18/2006 9:44:00 AM)


    A delightful poem. I am glad the puppy passed his audition. I hope somebody payed him scale in dog treats. I had a similar experience at an outdoor St. Louis Symphony concert. They were playing a Schubert Symphony and some folks were playing horseshoes nearby. The clanging blended in quite well so I wrote a piece called Gateway Overture and included a part for horseshoes. Robert (Report) Reply

  • (10/7/2006 7:20:00 PM)


    This poem makes me giggle, cause I know exactly how he feels (Report) Reply

  • (3/13/2006 3:08:00 PM)


    A nicely piece done just right. I cannot believe there is just one comment on this poem. I would think there would be many more. Best regards, keep up the good work. God bless. Michael Gale. (Report) Reply

  • (8/5/2005 12:21:00 PM)


    That's a wonderful poem! Inspiration out of desperation! ! -We had a similar situation and solution! We got a new neighbor downstairs after having an empty quiet apt for half a year or so. They made so much noise, we finally started calling him and his friends 'the Vikings'. When he first moved in, his friends would come over late at night. They'd make a LOT of noise for a while and then go out. We made up stories about how they were standing in front of a huge fireplace, drinking ale, tellling tales and slapping their thighs, while their dogs rough-housed. Then they would go out and raid for women and vittles and grog. They'd come back in the wee hours, heartily slap a few thighs, and go to bed. When we hear a lot of noise downstairs nonw we say 'oh, The Vikings are at it again! ! ' It makes us laugh instead of fume! ! I use Mozart violin concertos. It seems to quiet everything down!
    I love the part about the oboe section and the coda!

    AArooorrrroooo to you, too!

    Lah
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