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By A Swimming Pool Outside Syracusa - Poem by Billy Collins

All afternoon I have been struggling to communicate in Italian with Roberto and Giuseppe, who have begun to resemble the two male characters in my Italian for Beginners, the ones who are always shopping or inquiring about the times of trains, and now I can hardly speak or write English.

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  • Taleah Capewell@wfstu.catholic.edu.au 8/14/2019 11:25:00 PM

    this is not i want so you better change this now thank you so much so i want a poem Reply

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  • ? ? ? ? ? 3/5/2019 8:22:00 PM

    this did not help me at all Reply

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  • Gabrielle 4/23/2018 9:24:00 AM

    Short but didn't really help me. Reply

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  • Raina Park 4/11/2018 3:56:00 AM

    What should I write if my ballad’s topic is swimming. Reply

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  • Lucas simich 11/29/2017 10:30:00 AM

    Short but nice poem Reply

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  • Susan Williams 12/19/2015 10:55:00 PM

    Now that is awesome how he trusts the reader to understand without having to have it broke down in words of one syllable! Great understatement and humor Reply

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  • Max Gita 11/24/2011 9:08:00 AM

    here we are, just imagine the scene with roberto and giuseppe, chissà che si saranno detti, but this poem so humorous is quite serious reflection about language, instead (and great laughing pleasure, also) Reply

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  • Anna Johnson 8/19/2011 11:58:00 PM

    And this site has the copyright license to publish Collins' poems, I take it? Saying 'we'll take it down if he asks us to' is to act in bad faith. Reply

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  • K. Hall 7/13/2007 10:07:00 PM

    After struggling to communicate with family members today I turned to poetry and found this. Humorous, calming, clever. Thanks, Billy. Reply

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Swimming Poems
  1. 1. By A Swimming Pool Outside Syracusa
    Billy Collins
  2. 2. Pastoral Verse On Swimming Experience
    Muzahidul Reza
  3. 3. A Lesson In Swimming*.
    surya surya
  4. 4. Written After Swimming From Sestos To Ab..
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  5. 5. 'Swimming With A Shark'
    Bernard Snyder
  6. 6. Swimming The Past Time
    Unwritten Soul
  7. 7. Swimming Sun
    Kumarmani Mahakul
  8. 8. Swimming
    Mao Zedong
  9. 9. Swimming
    Casey Noe
  10. 10. The Days When We Went Swimming
    Henry Lawson
  11. 11. Swimming
    Lonnie Hicks
  12. 12. Swimming Fish
    cherassery damodaran binish
  13. 13. Swimming In Sand
    Diane Hine
  14. 14. Swimming Hopes
    Kumarmani Mahakul
  15. 15. Swimming Together In Love (Inspired Poem..
    me poet yeps poet
  16. 16. Swimming Pool
    Akhtar Jawad
  17. 17. Swimming Ool
    Kenn Nesbitt
  18. 18. Swimming Below The Poverty Line(Inspiror..
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  19. 19. Swimming In The Ocean Of Love!
    Ramesh T A
  20. 20. Blackpearl Was Pushed Down Into The Swim..
  21. 21. Swimming Sport.
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  22. 22. I Swim In A Swimming Pool This Afternoon
  23. 23. Swimming With The Sunset (Haiku)
    Mihaela Pirjol
  24. 24. Swimming Lovers
    me poet yeps poet
  25. 25. With Emma At The Ladies-Only Swimming Po..
    Linda Gregerson
  26. 26. Swimming Against The Currents Is Unwelcome
  27. 27. The Pretty Sea And The Swimming Pool
  28. 28. Swimming
    Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  29. 29. The Salmon Are Swimming Upriver
    Francis Duggan
  30. 30. A Matter Of Swimming Against The Current!
    Ramesh T A
  31. 31. Swimming Race
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  32. 32. Swimming With The River's Rage
  33. 33. Swimming
    Gajanan Mishra
  34. 34. Poems Swimming In My Mind
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  35. 35. Swimming Distilled Experiences
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  36. 36. Swimming Against The Current Is Risky
  37. 37. Swimming My Tomorrows
    Robert Rorabeck
  38. 38. Swimming
    john tiong chunghoo
  39. 39. Swimming With The Dark Queen
  40. 40. 'Swimming In A Sea Of Tears'
    Linda Winchell
  41. 41. Swimming In Mind Metaphors
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  42. 42. Just Keep Swimming
    Joline Gordon
  43. 43. Swimming
    G. Leiok
  44. 44. Swimming Bomb (2019)
    Alexandra Motschmann
  45. 45. Swimming In Honies
    Lamar Cole
  46. 46. [ Swimming Hand In Hand ]
    Zywa Zywa
  47. 47. ପହଁରୁଛି ନୀରବରେ Swimming Silently
    Gajanan Mishra
  48. 48. Swimming Pool
    Oskar Hansen
  49. 49. Blind Swimming By Max Ernst
    Daniel Brick
  50. 50. The Swimming Hole
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Swimming Poems

  1. Written After Swimming From Sestos To Abydos

    If, in the month of dark December, Leander, who was nightly wont (What maid will not the tale remember?) To cross thy stream, broad Hellespont! If, when the wintry tempest roar'd, He sped to Hero, nothing loth, And thus of old thy current pour'd, Fair Venus! how I pity both! For me, degenerate modern wretch, Though in the genial month of May, My dripping limbs I faintly stretch, And think I've done a feat today. But since he cross'd the rapid tide, According to the doubtful story, To woo, -- and -- Lord knows what beside, And swam for Love, as I for Glory; 'Twere hard to say who fared the best: Sad mortals! thus the gods still plague you! He lost his labour, I my jest; For he was drown'd, and I've the ague.

  2. A Lesson In Swimming*.

    (*when a young girl ventures out for her first class in swimming she should briefed on consequence of body baring as well as likely presence of paedophiles) . a young girl went for swimming class changed in to her new suit, surprised at her own form and size, the aura of her bountiful beauty and freshness that enchanted her, went in to a world of dream, slipped in to pool like a princess, coach in tow who stunned and amazed at her form and fragrance held her soft in water in his hands, spread wide. suddenly it seemed water is hot and boiling, quickly they moved to change room, where he bared her nude, it was her curiosity and his anxiety! . - o0o - - - .

  3. 'Swimming With A Shark'

    She tried to warn me right from the start, she said she had a friend that had stolen her heart, even though I was warned from the very beginning I liked her so much I kept right on swimming, I know winning her over would be tough to do so, when she gave me an opening I slipped right through, Now that I'm in the water seemed to have gotten deeper, I'm not so sure that she's a real keeper, I think she swims along plays her part, but she can't 'feel' because she doesn't have a heart, I've even thought about backing off so, maybe she could find the soulmate she'd lost, but I also know that she really needs me and swimming away from her isn't quite so easy, but so often I ask myself what role do I play am I just another 'fish' or am I standing in the way, I hate being confused from one day to the next, feels like I'm tangled up in a fisherman's net, a part of me would like to leave and get out of the dark but there's the other side thats madly in love with the shark

  4. Pastoral Verse On Swimming Experience

    How nice to swim in sea, river, lake and pond! Floating body, pressing water, moving forward How nice to enjoy spattering, splashing sound! Gesturing body, flapping wing, clapping hand, I remember once while swimming with friend To cross the local river to go to enjoy local band Where we saw the singers sang hand in hand In sweet voice, shaking body, hair, opening mind, On the way home longitudinally in river we swam All the while we gossiped and made lots of fun Then we dove, caught fishes, late we returned home Many happy did return in every sun and moon, Now, we swim paying money in swimming pool And in artificial lake without lily though waterful But funless swimming, charmless time passing Though it is a game here with heavy contesting. © Muzahidul Reza |10/8/2016