Simon Armitage

(26 May 1963 / Marsden, West Yorkshire)

I Say I Say I Say - Poem by Simon Armitage

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.


Comments about I Say I Say I Say by Simon Armitage

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  • (4/17/2019 3:07:00 PM)

    Love my job, since I've been bringing in $82h… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online… www.ℂashverity.ℂom (Report)Reply

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  • (4/17/2019 8:48:00 AM)

    when those at the back rush forward to say how a little love goes a long long long way.. So nicely said.... (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (4/17/2019 7:42:00 AM)

    A likely story: you were lashed by brambles
    picking berries from the woods. Come clean, come good, .....touching poetic expression. Beautiful poem.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (4/17/2019 4:14:00 AM)

    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................///beautiful poetic expression
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  • Drtony Brahmin (4/17/2019 2:53:00 AM)

    Anyone opened their wrists
    with a blade in the bath? Those in the dark
    at the back, listen hard.. Problems of life.. a very good poem. tony
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  • Geoffrey Fafard (4/17/2019 12:46:00 AM)

    it is about time that somebody with writing talent so good has the strait out effrontary to tell it like it is..I am so sick of B/S wanna be poetry...Well done.Good good read. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/21/2019 5:33:00 AM)

    1v1 me on minecraft and also add ny snap for English answers and sick content likeali a (Report)Reply

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  • (1/21/2019 5:31:00 AM)

    suck ur noodles! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! yeh man (Report)Reply

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  • (8/4/2018 2:52:00 AM)

    @cameron same (Report)Reply

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  • (7/27/2018 10:57:00 AM)

    This is very dark bun intriguing (Report)Reply

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  • (6/28/2018 6:34:00 AM)

    lol I like minecraft (Report)Reply

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  • (5/7/2018 4:42:00 PM)

    excuses is the word that comes to mind - we all make them (Report)Reply

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  • Henry Tong (5/7/2018 10:53:00 AM)

    This poem is marked with a pro avant-garde way of poetic expression. The poet utilizes enjambment to create a telling tone, and strong resonance keeps the verses flowing. Notably, what I like about this poem very much is its distance with audience-sometimes close, when a likely story is addressed with lucid details, and sometimes aloof, when objective mood is shed in There...There. (Report)Reply

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  • Lantz Pierre (5/7/2018 4:27:00 AM)

    What a wonderful poem. No shame. A strong internal rhyme to keep it rollicking from the first, behind a false bravado. Not end rhymes, where everything is obvious and up-front and, maybe, more honest. The poem is always a half-step behind its own emotional unloading. Wonderfully done with a wry irony and brutal false-comic assault. Tough luck indeed. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/7/2018 4:13:00 AM)

    That is a sad picture you paint. May you come out of the dark days soon. (Report)Reply

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  • Mary Skarpathiotaki (5/7/2018 1:54:00 AM)

    ΤΕΛΕΙΟ ΠΕΡΙΕΡΓΟ ΥΠΕΡΟΧΟ ΑΠΟΚΟΣΜΟ
    FINAL PERFECT EXCELLENT
    10++++++++++++++++++++++++
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  • Robert Murray Smith (5/7/2018 12:46:00 AM)

    This poem is macabre. Particularly, given the mental problems associated with cutting. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (2/5/2018 3:45:00 PM)

    part 2- - these people are our brothers and sisters- -don't turn your back on them, do not shame them [somebody else far darker than you has already done that]- -just extend the hand of compassion and love and listen to their hurt and learn from it. A powerful write a powerful poet who stood up and told the truth and it is an ugly truth. 10 of course. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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