The Endless Coda

This guy is funny!  Since several of you commented that you were unfamiliar with Billy Collins, I decided to give you another poem. 

Another Reason Why 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.


    Billy Collins

Don’t you just love new discoveries?  Especially serendipitous ones? Particularly serendipitous literary ones?

What does today hold for you?  My day is full: tutoring, annual doctor’s check up, piano lessons, a dentist appointment to fix a migrating tooth, and another chance to watch the Red Sox win!!  We don’t watch baseball until the World Series and then we revel in it!

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8 thoughts on “The Endless Coda

  1. Thursday afternoons the Practice is closed and so I race around trying to get all my errands run before 6pm or I play catch-up on paperwork in the quietness of no ringing telephones  Today will be a combo.
    But your entry prompted me to call the dentist for my overdue appt.
    Blessings fm GADana

  2. I don’t know what was wrong with the Rockies but they were not up to full form last night. As for me, I have never been to Colorado, but I have been to Boston so I am going for the Red Sox.

  3. I know it’s autumn and all, but a migrating tooth?  Really, the nerve of it!
    Teaching Latin, sewing flannel pjs for #3, hot soup for lunch.  Yep, it’s autumn.

  4. organizing, and more organizing…  I fear it is an endless battle!  And loads of laundry now that all the house guests are on their way to other places.  Trying to catch up on all the overdue homeschooling.  I did make peanut butter, as it was almost gone.  Also trying to set up yet another list to note wedding replies.At least I don’t have a migrating tooth…. {{{{Carol}}}}

  5. OK, you really DO need to explain to us what a “migrating tooth” is.  Is it hibernating in your ear for the winter or what???This poem about the dogs strikes a cord, as there are two distinct dogs next to my apartment, specifically, next to my bedroom.  One bays whenever there is any noise such as an ambulance, a car stereo playing loud, etc.  The other is a “yipper.”  The combination is really something, some nights.  I have my handy dandy sound machine on my window sill that plays waves splashing or white noise that I sometimes turn up full blast.  It has about the same effect as Billy’s symphony did :(Today I took my first midterm – 12 objective questions (aced it) and 2 essay questions that each had to have 500-word answers, 2 hours.  ARGH. Not sure I got all the way up to 500, but I think the teacher likes me

  6. I must admit I’m pulling for the Rockies.  I don’t think it has anything to do with the Red Sox sweeping the Cardinals in 2004, either, do you?  Heh heh.  Last night’s game was certainly much better to watch than Wednesday’s blowout.  Those Sox fans are nuts, aren’t they?  The stadium noise level was deafening on TV, I can’t imagine what it must be like in person.Errand day today. Cassie takes the ACT tomorrow so she and I may take in an early movie and then head home. (Terry has a late meeting.)  I’m still trying to settle back to normal life after my trip.  I got Travels with Charley from the library yesterday.  Now it looks like I have to look for Billy Collins, too.  Thanks for all your recommendations, Carol!  You’ve greatly expanded my reading list.Blessings,Sandy

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