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Fishing On The Susquehanna In July - Poem by Billy Collins

I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna
or on any river for that matter
to be perfectly honest.

Not in July or any month
have I had the pleasure -- if it is a pleasure --
of fishing on the Susquehanna.

I am more likely to be found
in a quiet room like this one --
a painting of a woman on the wall,

a bowl of tangerines on the table --
trying to manufacture the sensation
of fishing on the Susquehanna.

There is little doubt
that others have been fishing
on the Susquehanna,

rowing upstream in a wooden boat,
sliding the oars under the water
then raising them to drip in the light.

But the nearest I have ever come to
fishing on the Susquehanna
was one afternoon in a museum in Philadelphia,

when I balanced a little egg of time
in front of a painting
in which that river curled around a bend

under a blue cloud-ruffled sky,
dense trees along the banks,
and a fellow with a red bandana

sitting in a small, green
flat-bottom boat
holding the thin whip of a pole.

That is something I am unlikely
ever to do, I remember
saying to myself and the person next to me.

Then I blinked and moved on
to other American scenes
of haystacks, water whitening over rocks,

even one of a brown hare
who seemed so wired with alertness
I imagined him springing right out of the frame.


Comments about Fishing On The Susquehanna In July by Billy Collins

  • Gold Star - 7,504 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/28/2014 5:54:00 PM)

    Nice description of a painting..I guess you very inspired by another artist's works..makes that person a Muse..I enjoy your poetry.. (Report) Reply

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  • Freshman - 526 Points Brian Jani (5/17/2014 2:49:00 PM)

    Billy A beautifully written poem. Keep it up (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 62,694 Points * Sunprincess * (3/19/2014 11:01:00 AM)

    ........my favourite stanzas...enjoyed much..
    under a blue cloud-ruffled sky,
    dense trees along the banks,
    and a fellow with a red bandana

    sitting in a small, green
    flat-bottom boat
    holding the thin whip of a pole. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Fishing

  1. 1. Fishing On The Susquehanna In July , Billy Collins
  2. 2. Moon Fishing , Lisel Mueller
  3. 3. Hiawatha's Fishing , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  4. 4. Fishing In Troubled Water , Hasmukh Amathalal
  5. 5. Fishing For A Friend , omar ibrahim
  6. 6. When The Fishing Boats Go Out , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  7. 7. Salmon-Fishing , Robinson Jeffers
  8. 8. Off To The Fishing Ground , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  9. 9. Part 1 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  10. 10. Part 3 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  11. 11. Fishing , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  12. 12. Part 2 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  13. 13. A Poem Of Hunting, Fishing, And A Truck , Glaedr the poet
  14. 14. *honey, My Beautiful Wife And Fishing Bu.. , Ted Sheridan
  15. 15. Part 9 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  16. 16. Part 10 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  17. 17. Fishing Song: To J.A. Froude And Tom Hug.. , Charles Kingsley
  18. 18. Perch Fishing , Edmund Blunden
  19. 19. Part 7 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  20. 20. Fishing In The Wei River , Bai Juyi
  21. 21. Part 4 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  22. 22. Max And Moritz Fishing , Wilhelm Busch
  23. 23. Night Fishing , Christopher Howell
  24. 24. Part 6 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  25. 25. Part 5 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  26. 26. Part 8 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  27. 27. Your Fishing Pole , Kathleen J. Shields
  28. 28. .5. Gone Fishing , David Threadgold
  29. 29. Fishing In The Sky , Sara Tehrani
  30. 30. On A Bank As I Sate A Fishing: A Descrip.. , Sir Henry Wotton
  31. 31. - The Fishing Tradition- , Carolyn Ford Witt
  32. 32. I'D Rather Be Fishing , Juan Olivarez
  33. 33. A Bad Day Of Fishing , Juan Olivarez
  34. 34. Fishing With Dad , Smoky Hoss
  35. 35. Ph: Mentors: Fishing With Older Men , Brian Johnston
  36. 36. Fishing For Poems , Max Reif
  37. 37. Where Are Today's Political Poets And Pr.. , Ted Sheridan
  38. 38. Haiku - Fishing For Poems , David Beckham
  39. 39. The Song Of Hiawatha Viii: Hiawatha's Fi.. , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  40. 40. I Love To Go Fishing , Juan Olivarez
  41. 41. Fishing For Love , shannon lowery
  42. 42. Go Fishing , Damian Cranney
  43. 43. ...Fishing With Hope , Not Long Left
  44. 44. Fishing Fun , Mary Nagy
  45. 45. Fishing In Cities , Tom Billsborough
  46. 46. Fishing In Heaven , David Kush
  47. 47. Fishing In The Sunset , Marilyn Lott
  48. 48. Fishing Reasons , Edgar Albert Guest
  49. 49. Fishing With Mr. Wiffle ® , Ted Sheridan
  50. 50. Fishing Is Easy , Tom Billsborough
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