Simon Armitage

Marsden, West Yorkshire
Simon Armitage
Marsden, West Yorkshire
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I Say I Say I Say

Rating: 4.2
Anyone here had a go at themselves
for a laugh? Anyone opened their wrists
with a blade in the bath? Those in the dark
at the back, listen hard. Those at the front
in the know, those of us who have, hands up,
let's show that inch of lacerated skin
between the forearm and the fist. Let's tell it
like it is: strong drink, a crimson tidemark
round the tub, a yard of lint, white towels
washed a dozen times, still pink. Tough luck.
A passion then for watches, bangles, cuffs.
A likely story: you were lashed by brambles
picking berries from the woods. Come clean, come good,
repeat with me the punch line 'Just like blood'
when those at the back rush forward to say
how a little love goes a long long long way.
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COMMENTS
Dr Antony Theodore 17 December 2020
A passion then for watches, bangles, cuffs. A likely story: you were lashed by brambles picking berries from the woods. Come clean, come good, A very fine poem. tony
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Lee Ann Ponstein 19 October 2020
Sometimes those of us in the dark need reminding we can hide our scars and push forward. Thank you
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Wesley D. Willis 20 July 2020
Lovely poem here....
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Tamara Beryl Latham 30 June 2020
Sad commentary on a supposed sacred life.
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Shaun Cronick 30 June 2020
I stand by every word in my earlier comment. And bring back Carol Ann Duffy, a poet with panache.
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Aleea 28 February 2021
Cry moar, Shaunie.
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Dr Antony Theodore 30 June 2020
Come clean, come good, repeat with me the punch line 'Just like blood' when those at the back rush forward to say how a little love goes a long long long way. A very good poem. tony
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passion rocks 30 June 2020
Oh that's sad and dark poem, true a little love goes a long long long way
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Mahtab Bangalee 30 June 2020
little love but on the long way..............
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Sylvia Frances Chan 30 June 2020
Congratulations on being chosen by the Poem Hunter Team Org. As the Modern Poem Of The Day, too much blood shed, dear Professor! But You Say You Say You Say.
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Shaun Cronick 17 April 2020
How this guy became Poet Laureate beggars belief and he only got because the other poet declined. Just wish it was still held by Carol Ann Duffy.
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