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Our Biggest Fish - Poem by Eugene Field

When in the halcyon days of old, I was a little tyke,
I used to fish in pickerel ponds for minnows and the like;
And oh, the bitter sadness with which my soul was fraught
When I rambled home at nightfall with the puny string I'd caught!
And, oh, the indignation and the valor I'd display
When I claimed that all the biggest fish I'd caught had got away!

Sometimes it was the rusty hooks, sometimes the fragile lines,
And many times the treacherous reeds would foil my just designs;
But whether hooks or lines or reeds were actually to blame,
I kept right on at losing all the monsters just the same--
I never lost a little fish--yes, I am free to say
It always was the biggest fish I caught that got away.

And so it was, when later on, I felt ambition pass
From callow minnow joys to nobler greed for pike and bass;
I found it quite convenient, when the beauties wouldn't bite
And I returned all bootless from the watery chase at night,
To feign a cheery aspect and recount in accents gay
How the biggest fish that I had caught had somehow got away.

And really, fish look bigger than they are before they are before they're
When the pole is bent into a bow and the slender line is taut,
When a fellow feels his heart rise up like a doughnut in his throat
And he lunges in a frenzy up and down the leaky boat!
Oh, you who've been a-fishing will indorse me when I say
That it always is the biggest fish you catch that gets away!

'T 'is even so in other things--yes, in our greedy eyes
The biggest boon is some elusive, never-captured prize;
We angle for the honors and the sweets of human life--
Like fishermen we brave the seas that roll in endless strife;

And then at last, when all is done and we are spent and gray,
We own the biggest fish we've caught are those that got away.

I would not have it otherwise; 't is better there should be
Much bigger fish than I have caught a-swimming in the sea;
For now some worthier one than I may angle for that game--
May by his arts entice, entrap, and comprehend the same;
Which, having done, perchance he'll bless the man who's proud to say
That the biggest fish he ever caught were those that got away.

Poems About Fishing

  1. 1. Our Biggest Fish , Eugene Field
  2. 2. Hiawatha's Fishing , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  3. 3. Moon Fishing , Lisel Mueller
  4. 4. Fisherfolk , Robert William Service
  5. 5. At The Fishhouses , Elizabeth Bishop
  6. 6. Schroeder The Fisherman , Edgar Lee Masters
  7. 7. Fishing , Alicia Elsbeth Stallings
  8. 8. The Fish , Elizabeth Bishop
  9. 9. Fishing , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  10. 10. Fishing In The Wei River , Bai Juyi
  11. 11. Fish Crier , Carl Sandburg
  12. 12. Off To The Fishing Ground , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  13. 13. Fishing Reasons , Edgar Albert Guest
  14. 14. Fishing On The Susquehanna In July , Billy Collins
  15. 15. Max And Moritz Fishing , Wilhelm Busch
  16. 16. Perch Fishing , Edmund Blunden
  17. 17. The Lung Fish , Banjo Paterson
  18. 18. When The Fishing Boats Go Out , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  19. 19. Salmon-Fishing , Robinson Jeffers
  20. 20. The Fisherman's Tomb , Sappho
  21. 21. The Fish , William Butler Yeats
  22. 22. Fishing , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  23. 23. A Day's Fishing , Menella Bute Smedley
  24. 24. Upon The Fish In The Water , John Bunyan
  25. 25. Yes, The Fish Music , Richard Brautigan
  26. 26. Fishing In Winter , Ralph Burns
  27. 27. The Flying Fish , Isaac McLellan
  28. 28. Part 5 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  29. 29. Part 7 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  30. 30. A Fishy Tale , vanessa hughes
  31. 31. The Bait , John Donne
  32. 32. Passion's Pride , James B. Earley
  33. 33. Fishes , malini kadir
  34. 34. Fishing For A Friend , omar ibrahim
  35. 35. A Nonsense Poem - A Villanelle , Alison Cassidy
  36. 36. Tiny Rhyme , Mubeen Sadhika
  37. 37. We Fish , Herman Melville
  38. 38. A Guide For Boys In Love , Akhtar Jawad
  39. 39. Three Movements , William Butler Yeats
  40. 40. Caring For A Dead Fish , Pete Crowther
  41. 41. A Poem Of Hunting, Fishing, And A Truck , Glaedr the poet
  42. 42. Fish , Moniza Alvi
  43. 43. Part 4 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  44. 44. Ch 03 On The Excellence Of Contentment S.. , Saadi Shirazi
  45. 45. A Whale Of A Poem , Nadalia Bagratuni
  46. 46. Hook, Line And Sinker , Herbert Nehrlich
  47. 47. I'M Looking For A Fish , Bruce Larkin
  48. 48. .5. Gone Fishing , David Threadgold
  49. 49. Your Fishing Pole , Kathleen J. Shields
  50. 50. Desire , Max Reif

New Fishing Poems

  1. Canoe And Fisherman., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  2. Flying Fish Fly Escape Predators, Terence George Craddock (aft ..
  3. Fishing Boats Light Luring Flying Fish, Terence George Craddock (aft ..
  4. My Uncle Jack, Jim Holmes
  5. The Whooper, Harold R Hunt Sr
  6. Fishing In The Muddy Water Anytime And A.., MOHAMMAD SKATI
  7. Fishing In The Muddy Water Anytime, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  8. A Fisherman's Basket, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  9. The Fisherman, Morgan Michaels
  10. Fish It, gajanan mishra
  11. Fishing In The Muddy Water, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  12. The Pretty Fishing Kit Of A Pretty Fishe.., MOHAMMAD SKATI
  13. Fishing Nets شباك صيد الاسماك, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  14. Death Of The Fish, Kevin Quero
  15. Fishes In A Sea Of Love, Rachel Nichols
  16. Fish In Jug Of Water, gajanan mishra
  17. Fish Tank, Angela Wybrow
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