Simon Armitage

(26 May 1963 / Marsden, West Yorkshire)

Poem - Poem by Simon Armitage

And if it snowed and snow covered the drive
he took a spade and tossed it to one side.
And always tucked his daughter up at night
And slippered her the one time that she lied.
And every week he tipped up half his wage.
And what he didn't spend each week he saved.
And praised his wife for every meal she made.
And once, for laughing, punched her in the face.

And for his mum he hired a private nurse.
And every Sunday taxied her to church.
And he blubbed when she went from bad to worse.
And twice he lifted ten quid from her purse.

Here's how they rated him when they looked back:
sometimes he did this, sometimes he did that.


Comments about Poem by Simon Armitage

  • R Soos (11/28/2016 12:31:00 PM)

    humanity
    we all be guilty of living too much - good insight (Report) Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/28/2016 12:04:00 PM)


    Excellent presentation. Congratulation for this poem as poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O'brian (11/28/2016 10:33:00 AM)


    How complex we are as human beings. Not so easy to simplistically categorize. The same man who steals from his own mother can't control his own tears at her funeral, and all of us are that man in some way. Powerful and deep truth in this relatively harmless appearing poem. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (11/28/2016 8:59:00 AM)


    Very nice poem with nice flow. Enjoyed. (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (11/28/2016 6:23:00 AM)


    And if it snowed and snow covered the drive
    he took a spade and tossed it to one side.

    excellently written, thank you for sharing
    (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (11/28/2016 5:43:00 AM)


    4th,8th,12th lines are very honest...and the rating...they were wavering whether to say the right or the wrong...a sort of confession is in this poem...an honest poem I would say....interesting- 10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/28/2016 12:53:00 AM)

    For his mum
    A private nurse! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/28/2016 12:37:00 AM)


    Excellent poem.... Thanks for sharing...... (Report) Reply

  • Martin O'Neill (2/19/2012 12:30:00 PM)


    I hear the echoes of your marvellous home town here. I spent many months working on Redbrook Reservoir and came into Marsden to eat, drink, read, connect. This feels like those days. (Report) Reply

  • (5/17/2005 11:24:00 AM)


    this poem is excellent, and shows how people are judged by others. it also tells as to be more aware of what we think or how we 'rate' other people, because they might have done good things although we might just remember the bad ones. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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