Simon Armitage

(26 May 1963 / Marsden, West Yorkshire)

I Am Very Bothered - Poem by Simon Armitage

I am very bothered when I think
of the bad things I have done in my life.
Not least that time in the chemistry lab
when I held a pair of scissors by the blades
and played the handles
in the naked lilac flame of the Bunsen burner;
then called your name, and handed them over.

O the unrivalled stench of branded skin
as you slipped your thumb and middle finger in,
then couldn't shake off the two burning rings. Marked,
the doctor said, for eternity.

Don't believe me, please, if I say
that was just my butterfingered way, at thirteen,
of asking you if you would marry me.


Comments about I Am Very Bothered by Simon Armitage

  • Rajnish Manga (8/16/2019 10:52:00 PM)

    A teenager's romantic move may be a bizarre affair before it is accepted.
    Exquisitely crafted beautiful poem. Thanks a lot.
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (8/16/2019 3:52:00 PM)

    Am Very Bothered.excellent title for a poem with eerie things done in the past. But to regret is oft the best deed or the inner emotive feelings.(for the evil things done in the past at 13 years) and for the readers as a clear example in life, as we all can read in this poetry. It remains eerie. We as the readers all have the mature age.Hurray for this choice of PH as the Modern Poem Of The Day for the second time. Once in 2017. (Report)Reply

    Sylvia Frances Chan(8/16/2019 3:58:00 PM)

    my smallest error in this poem, must be....regret is oft the best deed of....not or..thank you.

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  • (8/16/2019 11:05:00 AM)

    Vivid, reflective, artful way of culling and telling a story of a memory.As well calls upon a lot of wonder as to what a proposal is. (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/16/2019 9:17:00 AM)

    Wow! ! What a nice way to propose. Hope she had agreed. Very nice poem with an interesting finish. Congrats. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/16/2019 5:30:00 AM)

    I am very bothered when I think
    of the bad things I have done in my life........It is human psychology that has been well reflected here in your poem. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the modern poem of POD.
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  • Drtony Brahmin (8/16/2019 3:28:00 AM)

    I am very bothered when I think
    of the bad things I have done in my life. remorse, repentance. tony
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  • Paul Brookes (8/16/2019 2:52:00 AM)

    Not a nice poem and the apology of any is not one So do I like it no is it poetry no so what is it a confession Not poetry as far as I'm concerned. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/16/2019 2:11:00 AM)

    'And played the handles." How so? I don`t quite get this. Though some thoughts come to mind. A good poem nevertheless with a semi dramatic diction. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/16/2019 12:54:00 AM)

    Don't believe me
    all those are
    just my butterfingered way at thirteen...../// excellent poetic expression
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  • Drtony Brahmin (6/26/2019 9:11:00 AM)

    Don't believe me, please, if I say
    that was just my butterfingered way, at thirteen,
    of asking you if you would marry me. a very fine poem. tony
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  • (5/13/2019 9:40:00 PM)

    Will u marry me (fair warning im a) (Report)Reply

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  • (9/21/2018 8:42:00 AM)

    useless poem your dun out ere (Report)Reply

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  • (6/18/2018 5:39:00 AM)

    SMASH THAT LIKE BUTTON FOR A DESPACITO LOL XDDDD (Report)Reply

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  • (3/5/2018 1:45:00 AM)

    For me it is a classic poem reflecting the clumsiness of the teenage years, immaturity, experimentation, harm without knowing the consequences and those moments that you never forget in life. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/23/2018 3:36:00 AM)

    Dont like it at all. its not good - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (Report)Reply

    (5/15/2018 5:35:00 AM)

    wag wan famalam

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  • Lyn Paul (11/26/2017 5:25:00 PM)

    It Sounds like an Indianna Jones kind of proposal. :) sweet!
    We are all bothered with something I am sure in our lives.
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  • Rajnish Manga (11/26/2017 8:24:00 AM)

    Incredibly credulous. An unbroken expression of teenage love from
    'I' to 'you' and from you to 'me'. How lovely. Thanks.
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (11/26/2017 7:45:00 AM)

    Where does the bothering you refer to exists? (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (11/26/2017 5:10:00 AM)

    That's what POETRY is for....Absolute loveliest to create the past in this way. Uttering the self for 100% will give more love, more life and more lust to LIVE again as life can be enjoyed by the full. A 10 and more for this ModernPoem of the Day. An enthralling choice. Wish you a constant Happy Life, Simon. From Sylvia Frances Chan the Dutch Poetess. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/26/2017 3:59:00 AM)

    So after days of cool reflection remorse for wrongdoing or the like began to grieve him like marry in haste and repent at leisureis what has been told here.......very well crafted with candor and openness (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 13, 2011


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