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 you would marry me.

by Simon Armitage

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For me it is a classic poem reflecting the clumsiness of the teenage years, immaturity, experimentation, harm without knowing the consequences and those moments that you never forget in life.
Dont like it at all. its not good - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
It Sounds like an Indianna Jones kind of proposal. :) sweet! We are all bothered with something I am sure in our lives.
Incredibly credulous. An unbroken expression of teenage love from 'I' to 'you' and from you to 'me'. How lovely. Thanks.
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