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.
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.


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

  • (6/15/2018 5:34:00 AM)


    this was grrrrreat. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/15/2018 5:21:00 AM)


    This poem reads like an opinion piece. (Report) Reply

  • (5/29/2018 3:49:00 PM)


    Great poem. Love it (Report) Reply

  • (3/29/2018 8:00:00 AM)


    i love his poem.he is the best poem writer i know. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (3/11/2018 7:40:00 PM)


    I did not know Billy Collins was a member- -raising eyebrow here. I will assume that this was a mistake and not an actuality. As far as the topic, he tapped a sensitive nerve here in me... but now a neighborhood has added a rooster that shrieks in the night so I wonder how Billy Collins would work that into Beethoven.... or the croaking noise I would love to hear soon. ;) (Report) Reply

  • Is It Poetry James Mclain (3/11/2018 7:20:00 PM)


    No, don't think that mr. Collins,
    will read what we write.. lol.. James McLain
    (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (3/11/2018 5:37:00 PM)


    Billy (since this appears as a Member Poem of the Day, perhaps you’ll read this) , this is one of the earliest poems by you I read and helped make me a fan of yours. It has the characteristic Collins’ conversational tone and wit, and how current it is in light of yet one more mass shooting. This might be one of your longest poem titles, yes? Appreciatively, GK (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (3/11/2018 4:26:00 PM)


    Excellent and ever so funny. I am so impressed that you didn't just walk out and buy a gun.
    Poor dog! It just needs a walk and some love.
    Fortunately our gun laws do not allow guns to be purchased here.
    Hope the neighbours move and no one complains about your loud music.
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  • (3/11/2018 8:49:00 AM)


    but I can still hear him muffled under the
    music,
    barking, barking, barking,
    (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (3/11/2018 8:46:00 AM)


    neighbors' dog will not stop barking. great imageries used, congrats and thanks for sharing the poem with us (Report) Reply

  • Harley White (3/11/2018 7:08:00 AM)


    I really enjoyed your poem and can relate to it as well… plus it is certainly timely. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (3/11/2018 5:51:00 AM)


    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, ....simply great, congrats.
    (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (3/11/2018 4:38:00 AM)


    a poem that shows how genius can come in many forms? bark, barkin, barking for Billy well penned. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/11/2018 1:00:00 AM)


    Billy, every dog has its day literally...Such a great poem of the day. Congrats for being chosen...a huge 10++++ (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/11/2018 12:07:00 AM)


    Barking dog! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (2/20/2018 5:30:00 PM)


    Why is it called Another Reason Why I Don'T Keep A Gun In The House? (Report) Reply

  • (12/4/2017 7:23:00 PM)


    Which book is this poem in (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/6/2017 1:56:00 PM)

    tom allport
    I always knew dogs were musical and clever. (Report) Reply

  • Shareq Rahman (11/28/2016 7:57:00 AM)

    Beethoven
    I once knew a dog called Beethoven, in a movie. A saint Bernard does not bark so much and will kill this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Loppo Louie (11/15/2016 1:19:00 PM)

    Another reason...
    excellent one there. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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