In homage to a poem by Billy Collins

fish by Maarit Lundbäck is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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fish by Maarit Lundbäck is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

“I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna” – Billy Collins, “Fishing on the Susquehanna in July”

He says:  I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna.

She says:  Oh, you remember.  It was the time Dad took you boys to the Mississippi and got you all ice cream afterward.

He says:  Mom, that’s the Mississippi.  You said Susquehanna.

She says:  Did I?  Well, it was the time Dad came back with a whole load of fish.

He says:  We never caught anything.  Dad took us to the river five times and we never caught anything.

She says:  I was gutting fish for days.  Fish heads everywhere.

He says:  We never caught any fish.  That’s what I’m trying to tell you.  Billy and Jerome and me.  No fish.

She says:  The kitchen smelled of fish for days.

He says:  Dad never took us fishing, Mom.  Five times to the Mississippi and he never took us fishing. (Beat) It was  the riverboats.

She says:  Riverboats?

He says.  Gambling, Mom, gambling.

She says:  That’s the Susquehanna.  It’s on the Indian Reservation.

He says:  I never fished on the Susquehanna.

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