Let Me Put It This Way

Another week of quarantine but have no fear: I have enough poems up my sleeve to get us all through this. Because let me put it this way: if there is one thing that can make us travel in these times of lockdown, it’s reading. So enjoy this little poem, with a big heart and a sharp edge. Just the way I like them.

Let me put it this way:

if you came to lay

your sleeping head

against my arm or sleeve,

and if my arm went dead,

or if I had to take my leave

at midnight, I should rather

cleave it from the joint or seam

than make a scene

or bring you round.


how does that sound?

Simon Armitage

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