The Golden Toddy Poem by Simon Armitage

The Golden Toddy

Rating: 3.2

We hunted, swept the planet pole to pole
to capture a glimpse of that rare species.

Through a thermal lens we spotted a shoal,
picked up the trail of nuggety faeces,

then tagged the shiniest beast in the pride,
mounted a camera on its gleaming horn,
bolted a microphone into its hide.
A first: toddies in flight, asleep, in spawn . . .

After months in the field, the broken yolks
had gilded and glazed the presenter's boots;
the sponsor's lover wore a precious skull
for a brooch, out-glinting the best boy's tooth.

Rank bad form. But the creature itself shone,
perched on the clapper-board, the golden one.

M Asim Nehal 02 February 2016

Through a thermal lens we spotted a shoal, picked up the trail of nuggety faeces,

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Edward Kofi Louis 17 June 2017

Glazed! ! Thanks for sharing.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 17 June 2017

To capture a glimpse.... Thanks for posting.....

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Bernard F. Asuncion 12 February 2019

It's a pleasure to meet this wonderful poem anew.....

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Rajnish Manga 17 June 2017

The love of nature and the struggle to capture wild life species expressed quite elegantly and passion. Reminds me of many Discovery Channel programs. Thanks a lot.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 14 July 2022

Wonderful poem with superb imagery.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 August 2021

Most deserving as The Modern Poem Of The Day. Very philosophically put. Very pleasant and an impressive read.5 Stars full

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Khairul Ahsan 17 December 2020

'out-glinting the best boy's tooth' - that's such a wonderful description! Heartiest congratulations on your poem’s selection as the ‘Modern Poem of the Day’!

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Mahtab Bangalee 17 December 2020

congrats again for being selected this beautiful poem after four months

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Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage

Marsden, West Yorkshire
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