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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

  • Rookie Nathan Walraven (6/12/2018 10:46:00 PM)

    This poem is very nice. keep up writing them. Please write more fishing poems Billy (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 16,726 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

  • Freshman - 566 Points Brian Jani (5/17/2014 2:49:00 PM)

    Billy A beautifully written poem. Keep it up (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 , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  5. 5. Fishing For A Friend , omar ibrahim
  6. 6. Fishing In Heaven , David Kush
  7. 7. I'D Rather Be Fishing , Juan Olivarez
  8. 8. Off To The Fishing Ground , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  9. 9. Salmon-Fishing , Robinson Jeffers
  10. 10. Part 3 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  11. 11. Fishing Reasons , Edgar Albert Guest
  12. 12. Part 1 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  13. 13. Part 2 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  14. 14. A Poem Of Hunting, Fishing, And A Truck , Glaedr the poet
  15. 15. When The Fishing Boats Go Out , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  16. 16. The Song Of Hiawatha Viii: Hiawatha's Fi.. , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  17. 17. Fishing , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  18. 18. I Love To Go Fishing , Juan Olivarez
  19. 19. A Bad Day Of Fishing , Juan Olivarez
  20. 20. A Boy Fishing (Cavatina Sequence) , Gert Strydom
  21. 21. Besides Love, Sex & Fishing Men Need G.. , Tom Zart
  22. 22. Part 10 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  23. 23. Ph: Mentors: Fishing With Older Men , Brian Johnston
  24. 24. Part 6 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  25. 25. Part 7 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  26. 26. Travel Haiku - Montana Fly Fishing , john tiong chunghoo
  27. 27. But, I Can'T Stop Fishing! ! ! , Juan Olivarez
  28. 28. Fishing For Christians (Religious Reli.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  29. 29. 'Take Me Fishing' , Linda Winchell
  30. 30. Fishing In The Sunset , Marilyn Lott
  31. 31. Part 4 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  32. 32. Part 5 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  33. 33. Fishing With Dad , Smoky Hoss
  34. 34. The Pretty Fishing Rod , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  35. 35. Part 8 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  36. 36. Part 9 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  37. 37. Fly Fishing , Phil Soar
  38. 38. Travel Haiku - Floriday Keys Fishing (St.. , john tiong chunghoo
  39. 39. Sea Fishing Off The Jetty , Mark R Slaughter
  40. 40. Fishing , Alicia Elsbeth Stallings
  41. 41. .5. Gone Fishing , David Threadgold
  42. 42. Fishing , Manonton Dalan
  43. 43. Travel Haiku - Fishing In Seychelles , john tiong chunghoo
  44. 44. Travel Haiku - Naples Fishing Pier (Stat.. , john tiong chunghoo
  45. 45. Fishing Rods, Guns And God , gershon hepner
  46. 46. My Fishing Hole , Juan Olivarez
  47. 47. Fishing Nooks , Edgar Albert Guest
  48. 48. Fishing At Hartebeespoort Dam , Gert Strydom
  49. 49. Fishing Nets شباك صيد الاسماك , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  50. 50. Fishing In The Muddy Water , MOHAMMAD SKATI
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