I Say I Say I Say

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

by Simon Armitage Click to read full poem

Comments (48)

this was such an awesome read!
A stark, realist consideration of suicide.
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
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when those at the back rush forward to say how a little love goes a long long long way.. So nicely said....
A likely story: you were lashed by brambles picking berries from the woods. Come clean, come good, .....touching poetic expression. Beautiful poem.
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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................///beautiful poetic expression
Anyone opened their wrists with a blade in the bath? Those in the dark at the back, listen hard.. Problems of life.. a very good poem. tony
it is about time that somebody with writing talent so good has the strait out effrontary to tell it like it is..I am so sick of B/S wanna be poetry...Well done.Good good read.
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@cameron same
This is very dark bun intriguing
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This poem is marked with a pro avant-garde way of poetic expression. The poet utilizes enjambment to create a telling tone, and strong resonance keeps the verses flowing. Notably, what I like about this poem very much is its distance with audience-sometimes close, when a likely story is addressed with lucid details, and sometimes aloof, when objective mood is shed in There...There.
What a wonderful poem. No shame. A strong internal rhyme to keep it rollicking from the first, behind a false bravado. Not end rhymes, where everything is obvious and up-front and, maybe, more honest. The poem is always a half-step behind its own emotional unloading. Wonderfully done with a wry irony and brutal false-comic assault. Tough luck indeed.
That is a sad picture you paint. May you come out of the dark days soon.