World Poetry Day

Today Facebook reminded me of a photo I posted last year in honor of World Poetry Day. The poem in question was Sylvia Plath’s The Swarm from Ariel, the restored edition.

Today, while I hunted for a proper poem to remember for this blog, the only line that kept coming back to me was Simon Armitage’s poem, Let Me Put It This Way. I wrote a scene in my novel Loving Ashe where Ashe recites this poem to Riley as she falls asleep, but of course, I couldn’t use it. So for the last two years going on three, only I knew what the poem was since I could only allude to it – and in fact, changed it to a poem about sheep by someone else.

Here’s the poem:

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.

There,
how does that sound?

Happy World Poetry Day, everyone! What’s your favorite poem?

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