read the poem Fishing on the Susquehanna in July -By Billy Collins I have never been fishing on the Susquehannaor on any river for that matterto be perfectly honest.Not in July or any monthhave I had the pleasure—if it is a pleasure—of fishing on the Susquehanna.I am more likely to be foundin 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 sensationof fishing on the Susquehanna.There is little doubtthat others have been fishingon the Susquehanna,rowing upstream in a wooden boat,sliding the oars under the waterthen raising them to drip in the light.But the nearest I have ever come tofishing on the Susquehannawas one afternoon in a museum in Philadelphiawhen I balanced a little egg of timein front of a paintingin which that river curled around a bendunder a blue cloud-ruffled sky,dense trees along the banks,and a fellow with a red bandannasitting in a small, greenflat-bottom boatholding the thin whip of a pole.That is something I am unlikelyever to do, I remembersaying to myself and the person next to me.Then I blinked and moved onto other American scenesof haystacks, water whitening over rocks,even one of a brown harewho seemed so wired with alertnessI imagined him springing right out of the frame.
Advice to you: make a clear point and maybe people will respond to it.
I thought he did; the inference that believers live in their dreams until they wake up and move to another was pretty clear. While I might not agree with the validity of that inference, it WAS clear.
Not to me.
Sure! Looks at a painting (reads the bible) of an idyllic existence floating quietly and fishing (eternal happiness). Dreams for a while, shakes head on the realization it isn't going to happen and moves on to the next painting (other dream).
Ok. So what does any of that have to do with being an atheist?
Explaining the workings of the believer? How would I, of all people, know?
It wasn't to me, either
My point is, we are always having to decipher his meaning. Some of us aren't good at it.
We all dream and use our imagination.What is your advice in easy to understand words?
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