Reading Poetry to a 21month old

My wife told me that my foster Daughter pick a book for me to read for her, and it was “Sailing alone around the room” by Poet Billy Collins.
We both laughed, and then I realized, well maybe. I mean, one of my favorite poems is quite funny, and includes a dog… and she loves dogs!
Here is the 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.

So, what do you think? would a 21 month get it?

I seem to think if I could make a cartoon out of this she would watch it and laugh.
I mean… come on “the famous barking dog solo”… that’s a funny image!

what do you think? should I read it to her?


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