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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 - 7,741 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 - 529 Points Brian Jani (5/17/2014 2:49:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 64,103 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 July

  1. 1. Fishing On The Susquehanna In July , Billy Collins
  2. 2. Inniskeen Road: July Evening , Patrick Kavanagh
  3. 3. Killed Paive--July 8--1918 , Ernest Hemingway
  4. 4. July Fourth By The Ocean , Robinson Jeffers
  5. 5. From My Diary, July 1914 , Wilfred Owen
  6. 6. Verses Upon The Burning Of Our House, Ju.. , Anne Bradstreet
  7. 7. A Calendar Of Sonnets: July , Helen Hunt Jackson
  8. 8. Answer July , Emily Dickinson
  9. 9. London In July , Amy Levy
  10. 10. The Shooting Of John Dillinger Outside T.. , David Wagoner
  11. 11. [month Of) July , Hilaire Belloc
  12. 12. Zermat: To The Matterhorn (June-July, 18.. , Thomas Hardy
  13. 13. On My Birthday, July 21 , Matthew Prior
  14. 14. July , Boris Pasternak
  15. 15. 0013 Aftermath: London, July 7,2005 , Michael Shepherd
  16. 16. 4th Of July Activities , Marilyn Lott
  17. 17. A Book Of Strife In The Form Of The Diar.. , George MacDonald
  18. 18. Parody On The Recorder’s Speech To His G.. , Jonathan Swift
  19. 19. The Shepherds Calendar - July , John Clare
  20. 20. July , George Meredith
  21. 21. Rainy July Night , Kranthi Pothineni
  22. 22. 4th Of July Fireworks , Marilyn Lott
  23. 23. The Shepherds Calendar - July (2nd Versi.. , John Clare
  24. 24. Autumn In July , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  25. 25. Fourth Of July , Julia Ann Moore
  26. 26. July , John Le Gay Brereton
  27. 27. The Shepheardes Calender: July , Edmund Spenser
  28. 28. July In Georgy , James Weldon Johnson
  29. 29. Fractured Idioms-July 14,2012 , Lonnie Hicks
  30. 30. An Afternoon In July , Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
  31. 31. July Fugitive , Francis Thompson
  32. 32. The July Sun Over Lebanon , Leo Yankevich
  33. 33. Fractured Idioms July 30 , Lonnie Hicks
  34. 34. ! Song Of July! , Rema Prasanaa
  35. 35. America: From The National Ode, July 4, .. , James Bayard Taylor
  36. 36. *930 Ruby Birthstone Of July , John Knight
  37. 37. On My Son's Return Out Of England, July .. , Anne Bradstreet
  38. 38. In July , Sir Henry Newbolt
  39. 39. On A Wet July Morn , Valsa George
  40. 40. Ode Recited At The Harvard Commemoration.. , James Russell Lowell
  41. 41. ! July! , Rema Prasanaa
  42. 42. July 21,1969- The Eagle Has Landed , Nadalia Bagratuni
  43. 43. Sonnet: At Dover Cliffs, July 20th 1787 , William Lisle Bowles
  44. 44. In July , Edward Dowden
  45. 45. A July Wish , M.D Dinesh Nair
  46. 46. 4th July 1882, Malines. Midnight , James Kenneth Stephen
  47. 47. Autumn In July (Rated In Group) , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  48. 48. ***july 1 2009***giving His Boots A Rest , Tom J. Mariani
  49. 49. Sonnet: At Ostend, July 22nd 1787 , William Lisle Bowles
  50. 50. Mid July? Or Not , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
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