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Bruce McGuffin: The Annoying Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time

My dog’s getting older, she doesn't sleep soundly,
A problem that came to affect me profoundly.
I'd be sleeping deeply, in comfort reclining,
When she'd wake me up with her hideous whining.

That dog clearly takes the unpopular view
That if she can’t sleep then I shouldn't too.
I said, "Well she’s bored, when I can’t sleep I read,”
then I found the solution to answer my need.

"She can't read, but listen?" I thought. " Maybe so.
She can lie on the floor and hear talk radio.
Now I leave an old portable on by her bed
and she listens all night to the things that are said.

It worked out for me, no more dog noise at night,
but her politics shifted quite far to the right.

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