(26 May 1963 / Marsden, West Yorkshire)

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.

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A teenager's romantic move may be a bizarre affair before it is accepted. Exquisitely crafted beautiful poem. Thanks a lot.
Am Very Bothered.excellent title for a poem with eerie things done in the past. But to regret is oft the best deed or the inner emotive feelings.(for the evil things done in the past at 13 years) and for the readers as a clear example in life, as we all can read in this poetry. It remains eerie. We as the readers all have the mature age.Hurray for this choice of PH as the Modern Poem Of The Day for the second time. Once in 2017.
Vivid, reflective, artful way of culling and telling a story of a memory.As well calls upon a lot of wonder as to what a proposal is.
Wow! ! What a nice way to propose. Hope she had agreed. Very nice poem with an interesting finish. Congrats.
I am very bothered when I think of the bad things I have done in my life........It is human psychology that has been well reflected here in your poem. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the modern poem of POD.
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