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A Piece of Advice to Die-hard Atheists

  1. God shet profile image60
    God shetposted 2 years ago

    read the poem wink




    Fishing on the Susquehanna in July
    -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 bandanna

    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.

  2. janesix profile image60
    janesixposted 2 years ago

    Advice to you: make a clear point and maybe people will respond to it.

    1. wilderness profile image93
      wildernessposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      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.

      1. janesix profile image60
        janesixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Not to me.

        1. wilderness profile image93
          wildernessposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          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).

          1. janesix profile image60
            janesixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Ok. So what does any of that have to do with being an atheist?

            1. wilderness profile image93
              wildernessposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Explaining the workings of the believer?  How would I, of all people, know?

        2. A Thousand Words profile image79
          A Thousand Wordsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          It wasn't to me, either

      2. janesix profile image60
        janesixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        My point is, we are always having to decipher his meaning. Some of us aren't good at it.

  3. Castlepaloma profile image24
    Castlepalomaposted 2 years ago

    We all dream and use our imagination.

    What is your advice in easy to understand words?

 
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