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Noxious Noises

I must say that in my four score years I've done it all and seen it all,
But in the autumn of my life, noxious noises drive me up the wall!
I like the soothing sound of most music and birds trilling in the trees,
But, Lord, spare me the wheezing of those bagpipes, if you please!

I like the sound of thunder and the rain falling softly on my roof,
But I could strangle the neighbor for letting his mutt yap and woof!
I can tolerate classical music until the prima donna Madame Zaria,
Begins to belt out her raucous contralto in an intolerable aria!

A most trying nuisance and I suppose one of my biggest gripes,
Are kids with boom boxes and their jalopies with those roaring pipes!
I don't mind the occasional rumbling of a train or the screaming jets,
But when dining I suffer acid reflux hearing inane cell phone vignettes!

I've got a bone to pick with the inventor of the wailing saxaphone!
That and the squeaking of a clarinet are more than I can condone!
I like western musical harmony sung by "The Sons Of The Pioneers."
But spare me those "She Done Me Wrong Songs" - they aggravate my ears!

Why can't folks keep their cats inside so they aren't yowling on my lawn,
And a hex on the dude revving his Harley Davidson waking me at dawn!
I reckon before I blow a gasket or worse yet lose my poise,
I'd better rush out and buy some ear plugs to stifle that noxious noise!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 7/13/2012 12:57:00 PM
    It's FRIDAY! yeah!!!...Bob, of all the annoying noises u wrote so wonderfully about, I gotta say I hate the cell phone vignettes the most too!! Ugh..rude and annoying! Great expressions on noise pollution with an angle that only u could so humorously pen! Great fun in this rhyming delight. gwendolen

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 12:17:00 PM
    LEAF BLOWERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and LAWN MOWERS.

  1. Date: 7/10/2012 8:11:00 AM
    a very entertaining rant! enjoyed hearing your gripes - can totally relate to many of them! makes me wonder, would it be so bad to lose some hearing? lol ;)

  1. Date: 7/10/2012 7:45:00 AM
    My husband used to go to bed with ear plugs in his ears. I for one can't stand the eerie crying of a cat in heat. Give me heaven where the angels sing and I will join right in with harp so the melodies ring. Once again Mr. Poet you have put a smile on my face with your style of writing.

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 7:55:00 PM
    BRAVO Robert!!! I must agree that noxious noises drive ME nuts too. However, I do enjoy the saxophone, being a confirmed jazz lover, and as for classical music? Opera is not my favourite, but I DO enjoy symphonies. As always, HUGELY entertaining, my friend!! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 7:29:00 PM
    I think we have some of the same neighbors. Funny how things bother us as we get older.

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 4:58:00 PM
    i'll bet that in real life you're a gentle soul who never complains about anything, but on the page you're able to get it all out (in good fun!). i always enjoy your poetic rants and this one is no exception - absolutely wonderful!

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 10:52:00 AM
    Ha , ha this is quite the funny piece my friend! I really enjoyed your glorious write he today! I have to agree with you that those noxious noises are a pain in the ear! Great Work!!

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 10:35:00 AM
    LOL, love - it! I had a chuckle and was nodding in agreement with many of these, Bob. Have a great week, both of you

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 9:51:00 AM
    Enjoyed this write very much Robert.Yes noises can be such disturbing.