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Where does the hand become the wrist?
where does the neck become the shoulder? The watershed
and then the weight, whatever turns up and tips us over that
between something and nothing, between
one and the other.
You're beautiful because when you were born, undiscovered planets lined up to peep over the rim of your cradle and lay gifts of gravity and light at your miniature feet
Then the Chinese whisper of a countdown spreads across the crowd,
first to be lit by a century's morning,
mad to say they were there and then when the moment came,
wild for the starlight that passes for meaning.
The North, where England tucks its shirt in its underpants.
And a well-shod president walks to the camera to say why
we should put in the boot,
and when that happens, a well-dressed prime minister
usually follows suit.
Killing time in the precinct, I find a copy of one of my early volumes in a dump-bin on the pavement outside the charity shop. The price is 10p. It is a signed copy. Under the signature, in my own handwriting, are the words, "To mum and dad".
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.
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We seek him here, we seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell? That demmed, elusive Pimpernel?
May 26, 1963
Simon Robert Armitage is an English poet, playwright and novelist. He is currently a Professor at the University of Sheffield.
Book of Matches (1993)
Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989–2014 (2014)
The Dead Sea poems (1995)
The Shout (2005)
All Points North Yorkshire (1998)
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