And if it snowed and snow covered the drive
he took a spade and tossed it to one side.
And always tucked his daughter up at night
And slippered her the one time that she lied.

by Simon Armitage Click to read full poem

Comments (14)

Presumably this was written when he was a child?
Here's how they rated him when they looked back: sometimes he did this, sometimes he did that.. a very good poem. tony
Very fine poem. memories, thank u.
we all be guilty of living too much - good insight
Excellent presentation. Congratulation for this poem as poem of the day.
How complex we are as human beings. Not so easy to simplistically categorize. The same man who steals from his own mother can't control his own tears at her funeral, and all of us are that man in some way. Powerful and deep truth in this relatively harmless appearing poem.
Very nice poem with nice flow. Enjoyed.
And if it snowed and snow covered the drive he took a spade and tossed it to one side. excellently written, thank you for sharing
4th,8th,12th lines are very honest...and the rating...they were wavering whether to say the right or the wrong...a sort of confession is in this poem...an honest poem I would say....interesting- 10+++
A private nurse! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Excellent poem.... Thanks for sharing......
I hear the echoes of your marvellous home town here. I spent many months working on Redbrook Reservoir and came into Marsden to eat, drink, read, connect. This feels like those days.
this poem is excellent, and shows how people are judged by others. it also tells as to be more aware of what we think or how we 'rate' other people, because they might have done good things although we might just remember the bad ones.