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do you know any poems with surprise endings?
Posted by: blahblah (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 11, 2005 10:39AM

plz tell me a poem with surprise ending


Re: do you know any poems with surprise endings?
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 11, 2005 12:10PM

Another Reason Why I Don't Keep A Gun In The House
---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.


Re: do you know any poems with surprise endings?
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 11, 2005 12:28PM

Here's another good one: [robirda.com] />

Les


Re: do you know any poems with surprise endings?
Posted by: LRye (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 12, 2005 02:13AM

read Bob Hicok's poems in general . . .

but the one I'm thinking of is

I Leave the Shop Vacs in my Gargae to the Spiders----something like, that.

Lisa


Re: do you know any poems with surprise endings?
Posted by: Hugh Clary (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 12, 2005 11:58AM

Anything by Dorothy Parker.


The False Friends


They laid their hands upon my head,
They stroked my cheek and brow;
And time could heal a hurt, they said,
And time could dim a vow.

And they were pitiful and mild
Who whispered to me then,
"The heart that breaks in April, child,
Will mend in May again."

Oh, many a mended heart they knew.
So old they were, and wise.
And little did they have to do
To come to me with lies!

Who flings me silly talk of May
Shall meet a bitter soul;
For June was nearly spent away
Before my heart was whole.

Dorothy Parker






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