Stealing Poem by Carol Ann Duffy


Rating: 4.3

The most unusual thing I ever stole? A snowman.
Midnight. He looked magnificent; a tall, white mute
beneath the winter moon. I wanted him, a mate
with a mind as cold as the slice of ice
within my own brain. I started with the head.
Better off dead than giving in, not taking
what you want. He weighed a ton; his torso,
frozen stiff, hugged to my chest, a fierce chill
piercing my gut. Part of the thrill was knowing
that children would cry in the morning. Life's tough.
Sometimes I steal things I don't need. I joy-ride cars
to nowhere, break into houses just to have a look.
I'm a mucky ghost, leave a mess, maybe pinch a camera.
I watch my gloved hand twisting the doorknob.
A stranger's bedroom. Mirrors. I sigh like this - Aah.
It took some time. Reassembled in the yard,
he didn't look the same. I took a run
and booted him. Again. Again. My breath ripped out
in rags. It seems daft now. Then I was standing
alone among lumps of snow, sick of the world.
Boredom. Mostly I'm so bored I could eat myself.
One time, I stole a guitar and thought I might
learn to play. I nicked a bust of Shakespeare once,
flogged it, but the snowman was the strangest.
You don't understand a word I'm saying, do you?

EddyB 18 August 2019

Sorry, but I think this is one of the worst poems I've ever read.

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Obi1 Come Blow Me 13 June 2022

this is horrible so boring

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McC 20 August 2022

Obi1 is dead. Blow on yourself.

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Unkown 20 April 2022

All of the comments are full of delinquents, no one understands the true meaning and depth in the poem. You have to understand the meaning before saying something dumb

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mum 16 August 2022

what is the meaning then?

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mazzles 30 March 2020

i dont like the robot voice but the website is good

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McC 20 August 2022

Mute, and read the poem.

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NYANICAL CAT 11 February 2020

odd. im doing this for homework and it is odd

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cords 05 January 2020

I'll be honest, this poem confuses me, but to anyone else studying it, do you think that im right in saying the entire premis ofthe poem is that of a person trying to cope and almost changing their perception of the evets by rationalising it to a snowman? idk

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McC 20 August 2022

Go steal something, then read the poem again.

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Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy

Glasgow / Scotland
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