Simon Armitage

(26 May 1963 / Marsden, West Yorkshire)

I Say I Say I Say

Poem by Simon Armitage

Anyone here had a go at themselves
for a laugh? Anyone opened their wrists
with a blade in the bath? Those in the dark
at the back, listen hard. Those at the front
in the know, those of us who have, hands up,
let's show that inch of lacerated skin
between the forearm and the fist. Let's tell it
like it is: strong drink, a crimson tidemark
round the tub, a yard of lint, white towels
washed a dozen times, still pink. Tough luck.
A passion then for watches, bangles, cuffs.
A likely story: you were lashed by brambles
picking berries from the woods. Come clean, come good,
repeat with me the punch line 'Just like blood'
when those at the back rush forward to say
how a little love goes a long long long way.


Comments about I Say I Say I Say by Simon Armitage

  • Tamara Beryl LathamTamara Beryl Latham (6/30/2020 6:59:00 PM)

    Sad commentary on a supposed sacred life.(Report)Reply

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (6/30/2020 3:21:00 PM)

    I stand by every word in my earlier comment.
    And bring back Carol Ann Duffy, a poet with panache.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/30/2020 2:16:00 PM)

    Come clean, come good,
    repeat with me the punch line 'Just like blood'
    when those at the back rush forward to say
    how a little love goes a long long long way.
    A very good poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • passion rocks (6/30/2020 8:08:00 AM)

    Oh that's sad and dark poem, true a little love goes a long long long way(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (6/30/2020 4:22:00 AM)

    little love
    but on the long way..............(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (6/30/2020 3:02:00 AM)

    Congratulations on being chosen by the Poem Hunter Team Org. As the Modern Poem Of The Day, too much blood shed, dear Professor! But You Say You Say You Say.(Report)Reply

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  • Rini MarkleRini Markle (6/30/2020 1:32:00 AM)

    Dark lyrics full of gore.(Report)Reply

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (4/17/2020 4:39:00 PM)

    How this guy became Poet Laureate beggars belief and he only got because the other poet declined.
    Just wish it was still held by Carol Ann Duffy.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/17/2020 3:51:00 PM)

    Anyone here had a go at themselves
    for a laugh? Anyone opened their wrists
    with a blade in the bath? Those in the dark
    at the back, listen hard. a very fine poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Tamara Beryl LathamTamara Beryl Latham (4/17/2020 2:42:00 PM)

    Congratulations on POD. Really sad, but a piercing and in-depth look at the reality that defines suicide. : -)(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (4/17/2020 9:37:00 AM)

    There is too much pain and struggles to get the love. A nice poem indeed.
    'when those at the back rush forward to say
    how a little love goes a long long long way.'... is so nice. Loved it.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (4/17/2020 8:02:00 AM)

    A passion then for watches, bangles, cuffs.
    A likely story: you were lashed by brambles
    picking berries from the woods. Come clean,
    come good, ..../// really a good poem where is described the story of life perfectly(Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran NairParameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (4/17/2020 6:06:00 AM)

    Lacerated skin, suicide attempt for the sake of a little love. A powerful poem(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/17/2020 2:21:00 AM)

    I found this poem chosen second time as the modern poem of the poem of the day. Congratulation.(Report)Reply

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  • Sarah ShahzadSarah Shahzad (1/10/2020 11:43:00 PM)

    this was such an awesome read!(Report)Reply

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (8/16/2019 9:52:00 PM)

    A stark, realist consideration of suicide.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/16/2019 3:31:00 AM)

    Come clean, come good,
    repeat with me the punch line 'Just like blood'
    when those at the back rush forward to say
    how a little love goes a long long long way. a little love......... wonderful. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Stink man 2.0 (6/14/2019 8:41:00 AM)

    Heyyyyyyyyy! I'm famous my names bieber and I think this poem and poet is a bit like all u people who like. U SHMUKs(Report)Reply

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  • Gerudu Gerudu (4/17/2019 3:07:00 PM)

    Love my job, since I've been bringing in $82h… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online… www.ℂashverity.ℂom(Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (4/17/2019 8:48:00 AM)

    when those at the back rush forward to say how a little love goes a long long long way.. So nicely said....(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003