Simon Armitage

(26 May 1963 / Marsden, West Yorkshire)

The Golden Toddy

Poem by Simon Armitage

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.


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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/13/2020 2:36:00 PM)

    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. a very fine poem(Report)Reply

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  • Butch Decatoria (2/12/2019 8:46:00 PM)

    I assume it is a sort of fish. But I’m still clueless, “quid plura”...(Report)Reply

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  • Julia Luber (2/12/2019 7:32:00 PM)

    resonant with pride of a hunter documentarian and the objectification of the animal they enslave to their 'watch'(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (2/12/2019 3:40:00 AM)

    All the technology and 'Rank bad form.' to produce a video of a rare species. The emphasis on the commercialism instead of the feeling for nature.(Report)Reply

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (1/23/2019 9:09:00 PM)

    'Through a thermal lens we spotted a shoal,
    picked up the trail of nuggety faeces' - ha ha ha, well done, poet!(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (1/23/2019 8:01:00 AM)

    A very fine poem indeed. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (1/23/2019 7:31:00 AM)

    folks, could any of you tell me what animal he's referring to? (i explored the internet a bit and couldn't find out.) or is it only an imaginary one and doesn't matter for his message? queryingly, gk(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (1/23/2019 4:15:00 AM)

    A poem of the chase of innocence? ...penned well(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (1/23/2019 12:55:00 AM)

    I love exploring the nature too. There is much to learn and much to enjoy in nature. A very nice poem. Loved it.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (6/17/2017 10:21:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (6/17/2017 7:34:00 AM)

    To capture a glimpse.... Thanks for posting.....(Report)Reply

    Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion(2/12/2019 12:58:00 AM)

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

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/17/2017 2:14:00 AM)

    Glazed! ! Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/2/2016 12:39:00 PM)

    Through a thermal lens we spotted a shoal,
    picked up the trail of nuggety faeces,(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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