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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

  • Rookie Indira Rice Donegan (6/15/2018 5:34:00 AM)

    this was grrrrreat. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Tom Previtera (6/15/2018 5:21:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie Jennifer (5/29/2018 3:49:00 PM)

    Great poem. Love it (Report) Reply

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Poems About House

  1. 1. Another Reason Why I Don'T Keep A Gun In.. , Billy Collins
  2. 2. I Go Back To The House For A Book , Billy Collins
  3. 3. Ghost House , Robert Frost
  4. 4. The House With Nobody In It , Joyce Kilmer
  5. 5. Morning In The Burned House , Margaret Atwood
  6. 6. A House Upon The Height , Emily Dickinson
  7. 7. The House , Charles Bukowski
  8. 8. The House Was Quiet And The World Was Calm , Wallace Stevens
  9. 9. House On A Cliff , Louis Macneice
  10. 10. A Baby In The House , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  11. 11. The House On The Hill , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  12. 12. Enter This Deserted House , Shel Silverstein
  13. 13. The Harlot's House , Oscar Wilde
  14. 14. An Angel In The House , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  15. 15. Here Follows Some Verses Upon The Burnin.. , Anne Bradstreet
  16. 16. Verses Upon The Burning Of Our House, Ju.. , Anne Bradstreet
  17. 17. The House Of Fortune Iii , Khalil Gibran
  18. 18. Tor House , Robinson Jeffers
  19. 19. The Bustle In A House , Emily Dickinson
  20. 20. The White House , Claude McKay
  21. 21. The Deserted House , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  22. 22. In The House Of Suddhoo , Rudyard Kipling
  23. 23. The House In The Woods , Randall Jarrell
  24. 24. From The House Of Life The Sonnet , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  25. 25. The House Of Clouds , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  26. 26. A Prayer On Going Into My House , William Butler Yeats
  27. 27. The New House , Edward Thomas
  28. 28. Doom Is The House Without The Door , Emily Dickinson
  29. 29. The City Dead-House , Walt Whitman
  30. 30. The Bustle In A House , Emily Dickinson
  31. 31. The Father's House , Li-Young Lee
  32. 32. A Poem About George Doty In The Death Ho.. , James Arlington Wright
  33. 33. A House Wife's Prayer , Subbaraman N V
  34. 34. A Thanksgiving To God, For His House , Robert Herrick
  35. 35. The Haunted House , Thomas Hood
  36. 36. The Half-Way House , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  37. 37. In Arthur's House , William Morris
  38. 38. The House Of Hospitalities , Thomas Hardy
  39. 39. (026) Topsy Turvy House.......(My F.. , Risha Ahmed (12 yrs)
  40. 40. The Poor House , Sara Teasdale
  41. 41. Ballad Of Fisher's Boarding-House , Rudyard Kipling
  42. 42. The Dark House , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  43. 43. On A Ruined House In A Romantic Country , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  44. 44. Deaf House Agent , Katherine Mansfield
  45. 45. The Dark House , Siegfried Sassoon
  46. 46. Inscriptions For A Friend's House , Henry Van Dyke
  47. 47. House Of Silence , Philip Levine
  48. 48. One Sister Have I In Our House , Emily Dickinson
  49. 49. Lake House Morning , Linda Ori
  50. 50. The House Of Fame , Geoffrey Chaucer
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