Is that a poem in your pocket?

Hello fair readers!

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day in honor of National Poetry Month!

toothpaste for dinner!

toothpaste for dinner!

So I thought I would share my favorite poem with you!

Its a Billy Collins poem and a long favorite of mine, called

Another Reason 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.

Taa daa. What’s your favorite poem?

Have a lovely day fair readers! And don’t forget to put a poem in your pocket. 🙂

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