Simon Armitage

(26 May 1963 / Marsden, West Yorkshire)

Simon Armitage Poems

1. The Golden Toddy 1/3/2003
2. The Tyre 1/3/2003
3. Cataract Operation 1/3/2003
4. The Hard 1/3/2003
5. The Jay 1/3/2003
6. At Sea 11/29/2011
7. It Ain'T What You Do, It's What It Does To You 1/3/2003
8. Poem 1/3/2003
9. I Say I Say I Say 1/3/2003
10. About His Person 1/3/2003
11. I Am Very Bothered 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Simon Armitage

I Am Very Bothered

I am very bothered when I think
of the bad things I have done in my life.
Not least that time in the chemistry lab
when I held a pair of scissors by the blades
and played the handles
in the naked lilac flame of the Bunsen burner;
then called your name, and handed them over.

O the unrivalled stench of branded skin
as you slipped your thumb and middle finger in,
then couldn't shake off the two burning rings. Marked,
the doctor said, for eternity.

Don't believe me, please, if I say
that was just my butterfingered way, at thirteen,
of asking you if ...

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