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Simon Armitage - new poem

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Gonegirl Wed 14-Aug-19 16:44:15

Finishing It by Simon Armitage

I can't configure

a tablet

chiselled by God's finger

or forge

a scrawled prescription,

but here's an inscription, formed

on the small white dot

of its own

full stop,

the sugared pill

of a poem, one sentence

that speaks ill

of illness itself, bullet

with cancer's name

carved brazenly on it.

Gonegirl Wed 14-Aug-19 16:45:35

all about it here

SueDonim Wed 14-Aug-19 19:01:15

Thank you for that! The news item I read with the poem stopped at 'but here's an inscription, formed' and I could make head nor tail of it. Your version makes sense of it now. smile

kittylester Wed 14-Aug-19 20:07:22

I loved it! I love most of Simon Armitage's work. Hes a worthy Poet Laureate in my view.

BradfordLass72 Thu 15-Aug-19 02:42:53

Brilliant. But of course, he's a Yorkshireman. grin