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Dave Lilly

Rating: 3.0

There's a brook on the side of Greylock that used to be full of trout,
But there's nothing there now but minnows; they say it is all fished out.
I fished there many a Summer day some twenty years ago,
And I never quit without getting a mess of a dozen or so.

There was a man, Dave Lilly, who lived on the North Adams road,
And he spent all his time fishing, while his neighbors reaped and sowed.
He was the luckiest fisherman in the Berkshire hills, I think.
And when he didn't go fishing he'd sit in the tavern and drink.

Well, Dave is dead and buried and nobody cares very much;
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Bob Macchia 21 April 2013

Wonderful poem about an old acquaintance who seemed to be nothing but a drunk.

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Dr Antony Theodore 13 July 2020

And there's nothing in it but minnows that nibble the bait off your hook. But before the sun has risen and after the moon has set I know that it's full of ghostly trout for Lilly's ghost to get. very good poem.... Lilly's Ghost. tony

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doman 13 July 2020


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Mahtab Bangalee 13 July 2020

excellently crafted the life of Dave Lilly in heart-touching sense, it's not dirge but like a dirge it makes me shocking about the fisherman life…..I enjoyed and pleasure to read

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Edward Kofi Louis 13 July 2020

About 20 years ago! ! ! ! Something was brought to the land. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Ramesh T A 13 July 2020

Serving a drink to Dave Lilly is best tribute by the Poet indeed! Nice narration in a nostalgic way! thanks for sharing!

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This poem reminds me of the old man and the sea but this is somewhat different with touching scene of ghostly thing of a soul who was so much obsessed with fishing....... Very well crafted....10

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Harley White 13 July 2020

Wonderfully written as are all of Kilmer's poems...

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