Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

You And I - Poem by Roger McGough

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.

Comments about You And I by Roger McGough

  • (4/3/2018 3:45:00 AM)

    suicide is badass! I'm the trash man (Report) Reply

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  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (12/3/2017 2:02:00 PM)

    Stanza four though,

    You bleed.
    I see crocodile tears

    Crocodile tears.....I've never seen them before....
    (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (2/27/2017 2:03:00 AM)

    I am a dove

    Poem written a quatrain
    Of four stanzas.

    Nicely written.

    (Report) Reply

  • (10/8/2016 11:05:00 AM)

    You and I
    Does anyone know where this poem is published? (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (6/30/2016 3:05:00 AM)

    This is a recognition of individual difference which are so obvious in a relationship. This may be due to a lack of mutual respect or understanding, outlook or approach. Great poem.
    I am a dove. You / recognize the hawk. You / offer an olive branch. I / feel the thorns.
    (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (3/8/2016 5:13:00 AM)

    Outstanding You and I both contrary to each other. (Report) Reply

  • (7/28/2015 4:19:00 AM)

    Wow ths is how u and i view each other (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (12/21/2008 12:43:00 PM)

    But I've liked this poem.This is often how ' You and I' confront.
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  • (5/23/2007 3:25:00 PM)

    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. (Report) Reply

  • (10/20/2005 12:32:00 PM)

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

  • (9/20/2005 10:25:00 AM)

    This poem is great. it could describe any argument in a family... (Report) Reply

  • (8/11/2005 5:35:00 AM)

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

  • (11/12/2004 5:56:00 PM)

    Every lovers quarrel that ever was...Spot on. (Report) Reply

  • (11/1/2004 3:46:00 PM)

    so true unfortunately (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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