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Stone_Lake_Views

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I recently read a book of poems, “The Friendly Way” published in 1931 by Edgar A Guest. One poem, Fisherman, I liked imagining fishing in the 1920’s and how much different things were almost a century ago. Anyway, here is the poem:

“Fisherman”

‘‘‘Tis good to go a-fishing on the river, lake, or sea
The flying gulls above you, and the waters just as free,
Away from wheels of commerce and smoke of factory stack,
A day of joy before you, and duty at your back.

‘Tis good to go a-fishing, when skies above are blue,
Out of the long year’s sheaf of days to pilfer one or two;
To have no thought of money, no urge for worldly fame,
To be at heart a fisherman, and a fisherman by name.

Men see you from a distance, and this is all they say:
“There goes another fisherman. May luck be his today!”
And be you rich or be you poor they have no wish to know,
For all the world is friendly to the men who fishing go.

So let me be a fisherman. No other rank I’ll seek,
The carefree man upon the bay of whom the travelers speak;
For there is envy in their eyes which king’s may never know,
And every stranger cries, “Good luck!” To Men who fishing go.
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Tazmanme

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Nice!
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retired48

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Enjoyed the poem![thumb]
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