Simon Armitage

Marsden, West Yorkshire
Simon Armitage
Marsden, West Yorkshire

I Am Very Bothered

Rating: 3.7
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.
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Raghurama Raju 12 October 2020
I need to the know the place he lived, the times he lived, the way he led his life, to understand the poetry he wrote.
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Soul Mate 02 October 2020
Poem for pyscopqths Only they can like this kind of dark thoughts better just ask her
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Dr Antony Theodore 02 October 2020
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 simple moments of life. t ony
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L Milton Hankins 02 October 2020
Wow! No question this is a finely-crafted piece of writing, but the theme is chilling. I hope you still don't have that bit of residing deep inside of you. Thanks for sharing even though I cringed!
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Edward Kofi Louis 02 October 2020
Memories! ! ! Past life! Of what you did. However, try to move with positive morals today. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Mahtab Bangalee 02 October 2020
Sometimes accidentally happens some unexpected events in life; the unexpected events sometimes come to the mind and remind in the bothering ways; as if these events are importunate passion for the life; this poem very perfectly penned about accidental events of life where human is stricken again and again.
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Deluke Muwanigwa 02 October 2020
Lol. He was a handsome narcissistic masochistic toad. I hope she married him and put cyanide in a beaker and asked him to quench his live with oxycyanocobolamin...i mean what a mean suitor only suited to the abyss of sadistic love. Great poem full of...love
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Dr Antony Theodore 17 April 2020
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 fine poem. tony
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Rajnish Manga 16 August 2019
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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