You And I Poem by Roger McGough

You And I

Rating: 3.8

I explain quietly. You
hear me shouting. You
try a new tack. I
feel old wounds reopen.

You see both sides. I
see your blinkers. I
am placatory. You
sense a new selfishness.

I am a dove. You
recognize the hawk. You
offer an olive branch. I
feel the thorns.

You bleed. I
see crocodile tears. I
withdraw. You
reel from the impact.

Lynne Shimell 23 May 2007

I first heard this poem last Monday evening. My beloved husband has bipolar type II disorder - at the moment he is a very needy, ill person. Very different from the strong, engaging man our world loves and respects. You and I made me cry - it describes perfectly an enduring love that sometimes goes wrong through no fault of the two individuals.

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Harihar Patel 20 October 2005

ilike this poem very much because it depicts mis reading and miscommunication among near ones. The different perspectives are aptly described.

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Sab D 11 August 2005

I like this very much it shows the contradicting sides of a lovers' spat.

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Jamie Glass 20 September 2005

This poem is great. it could describe any argument in a family...

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Lenchen Elf 12 November 2004

Every lovers quarrel that ever was...Spot on.

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Chris Barrett 27 June 2023

This poem featured on the 1981 Welcome Disk for the BBC Micro. The program displaying this poem did so in a semi-random manner which results in a near continuous version, much longer than the version listed here. Very cool form of poetry.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 24 June 2020

You bleed but I visualize crocodile tears in your eyes...I sincerely appreciate the microscopic vision of the poet!

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Kumarmani Mahakul 24 June 2020

Congratulations for being chosen this poem as the modern poem of the poem of the day.

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Roger McGough

Roger McGough

Liverpool / England
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