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.

Comments about The Golden Toddy by Simon Armitage

  • Rajnish 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. Asuncion (6/17/2017 7:34:00 AM)

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

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

    Glazed! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • 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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