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I Say I Say I Say
(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.

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Lovely poem here....
Sad commentary on a supposed sacred life.
I stand by every word in my earlier comment. And bring back Carol Ann Duffy, a poet with panache.
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
Oh that's sad and dark poem, true a little love goes a long long long way


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