Simon Armitage

(26 May 1963 / Marsden, West Yorkshire)

About His Person

Poem by Simon Armitage

Five pounds fifty in change, exactly,
a library card on its date of expiry.

A postcard stamped,
unwritten, but franked,

a pocket size diary slashed with a pencil
from March twenty-fourth to the first of April.

A brace of keys for a mortise lock,
an analogue watch, self winding, stopped.

A final demand
in his own hand,

a rolled up note of explanation
planted there like a spray carnation

but beheaded, in his fist.
A shopping list.

A givaway photgraph stashed in his wallet,
a kepsake banked in the heart of a locket.

no gold or silver,
but crowning one finger

a ring of white unweathered skin.
That was everything.


Comments about About His Person by Simon Armitage

  • Yoooooo (4/22/2020 8:06:00 AM)

    This guy probs wanked off onceAlready ReportedReply

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  • no one (3/31/2020 10:35:00 AM)

    ok so he either commited suicide of got a divorce(Report)Reply

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  • dickfocker (3/30/2020 6:52:00 AM)

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  • yax786 (11/25/2019 5:46:00 AM)

    youre gay? ? ? ? ? ? ? with dani? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?Already ReportedReply

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  • munib (11/25/2019 5:44:00 AM)

    rashy xd elims im gayAlready ReportedReply

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  • a person (10/9/2019 10:17:00 AM)

    a very spooky and interesting poem, the voice of the machine though kinda ruined it but its an amazing poem!Already ReportedReply

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  • Lilys (7/5/2019 7:18:00 AM)

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  • AmyNoneOfYourBusiness (7/5/2019 7:13:00 AM)

    I did not understand it xD(Report)Reply

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  • Manpreet SinghManpreet Singh (6/27/2019)

    imagism of this poem is fascinating.(Report)Reply

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  • Douglas Scotney (6/26/2019 10:50:00 PM)

    Who stole the thing;
    or did he throw it away?(Report)Reply

    Anonymous(7/5/2019 7:18:00 AM)

    Maybe his wife died

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  • Don KubickiDon Kubicki (6/26/2019 5:15:00 PM)

    If there is anything I love it is a grocery list of things written in prose.(Report)Reply

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  • Julia Luber (6/26/2019 10:33:00 AM)

    slightly intriguing and spooky- a bit like a coroner examining a body; detached and interesting. But is it simply about summing up somebody's day attire? But there is something perhaps just about the bric a brad hodgepodge of life and nothing about death at all. Hard for me to discern.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/26/2019 9:10:00 AM)

    no gold or silver,
    but crowning one finger
    a ring of white unweathered skin.
    That was everything. a very good poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (6/26/2019 5:57:00 AM)

    A final demand
    in his own hand, ....// great expression

    damnation
    comes by own hand; yeah

    if we live in unaware
    if we allow wicked mind subconsciously
    damnation will come step by step...............///(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/26/2019 5:45:00 AM)

    " A giveaway photograph stashed in his pocket
    A keepsake banked in the heart of a locket"

    Well deserved modern poem of the Day.Congrats.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/26/2019 12:55:00 AM)

    A postcard stamped,
    unwritten, but franked,

    a pocket size diary slashed with a pencil
    from March twenty-fourth to the first of April.

    great write
    great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (6/26/2019 12:49:00 AM)

    It looks like an inventory of one's possessions on a fateful day.
    Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • lackey (7/17/2018 4:51:00 AM)

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003