Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful implanted in the human soul.”
— Johann Wolfgang Goethe.

I received so many poetry suggestions from you that I decided to continue to publish poetry on my site once per week for you to enjoy. One of my SB colleagues, John Lynch, posts a poem every Friday (here’s his poetry archives), so I will post a poem on Wednesday at 10 am ET, as long as you continue to send me poetry suggestions.

This week’s poem,

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.

— Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate. Billy Collins Live: A Performance at the Peter Norton Symphony Space (Random House Audio; Unabridged edition; 2005)

So, what’s your barking dog?

Comments

  1. #1 Julie Stahlhut
    May 7, 2008

    Top 40 radio. Any genre.

  2. #2 Science Avenger
    May 7, 2008

    FYI, the solution to a barking dog is peanut butter. Guaranteed to keep them licking and silent.

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