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

  • Nicole Settimi (7/4/2018 8:28:00 AM)


    Meaning - if the person looks afraid they are a coward, if they stand up for themselves they are mean, if they don't talk they are ignoring or avoiding the issue, if they try to talk they are trying to argue, etc etc etc. Nothing is right anymore when the love has become undone. (Report) Reply

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  • Nicole Settimi (7/4/2018 8:27:00 AM)


    My fiance and I joke about the extreme hyper-sensitivity we gain when we are in love (us and everyone) and I think this is the sad part to it - only seeing negative in ALL actions of that person no matter the motives (or the shades of grey) in the actions. (Report) Reply

  • Nicole Settimi (7/4/2018 8:25:00 AM)


    I think this is a strong and to-the-point poem on reflection of lovers and how they can only see one side of humans, versus the different textures or layers, once they are both baited into a sort of arch-nemesis in relationship capacity versus (in love or loving each other unconditionally) . (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (6/15/2018 4:13:00 PM)


    I like his more serious poetry- -a lot of couples are like this- for better or for worse! ! (Report) Reply

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (6/15/2018 12:36:00 PM)


    I am a dove. You
    recognize the hawk. You
    offer an olive branch. I
    feel the thorns. olive and thorn, dove and the hawk.. very nice comparisons. very poetic. tony
    (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/15/2018 9:35:00 AM)


    From the impact! !

    Thanks for sharing.
    (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (6/15/2018 7:44:00 AM)


    Marvelous expressions. Our differences are often acute and impossible to deal if desire to cooperate isn’t there. (Report) Reply

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (6/15/2018 6:17:00 AM)


    Great poem about the reality between two lovers who don't see to I.... I vote 10 (Report) Reply

  • (6/15/2018 2:53:00 AM)


    a poem of communication break down? maybe me and you too! ...…………..well penned Rog (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/15/2018 2:08:00 AM)


    Such a marvelous poem by Roger McGough👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (6/15/2018 1:48:00 AM)


    An intensive write. There is difference between you and I. Beautifully inscribed. (Report) Reply

  • (6/8/2018 8:24:00 PM)


    Powerful poems, a lost soul in search of moorings. (Report) Reply

  • Fer Onti (5/23/2018 12:57:00 AM)


    When I read this poem I think about a very sensitive person talking with a regular old man. Maybe a teenager who doesn't get what he wants. (Report) Reply

  • (4/3/2018 3:45:00 AM)


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

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


    I am a dove

    Poem written a quatrain
    Of four stanzas.

    Nicely written.

    Sylva
    (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.
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  • 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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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