Poetry 119: Poem by Simon Armitage

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.

And every week he tipped up half his wage.

And what he didn’t spend each week he saved.

And praised his wife for every meal she made.

And once, for laughing, punched her in the face.

And for his mum he hired a private nurse.

And every Sunday taxied her to church.

And he blubbed when she went from bad to worse.

And twice he lifted ten quid from her purse.

Here’s how they rated him when they looked back:

Sometimes he did this, sometimes he did that.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

About Barry Daniel

I live in the Lake District in the UK where I run a guesthouse with my partner Kate and my cat Manuel. I enjoy painting, hillwalking, reading, visiting and entertaining friends, T’ai Chi and playing the guitar. I’m engaged to a certain degree in the local community, as a volunteer with Samaritans and I’m a fairly active member of the local Green party. I’ve had a relatively intuitive sense of the Middle Way most of my adult life but it found a greater articulation and a practical direction through joining the society. It’s also been interesting and great fun engaging with other people with a similar outlook. My main contribution to the society is conducting the podcast interviews, something that gives me a lot of satisfaction and that I’ve learnt a lot from.

4 thoughts on “Poetry 119: Poem by Simon Armitage

  1. One of the (few) books of poetry that I own is a collection of Simon Armitage poems. I looked through it recently, prompted by the poetry posts here, and considered suggesting one: either this, or the one that I first came across by him called “It ain’t what you do, it’s what it does to you”.

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