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.

how does that sound?

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

Published by Liz

Romance me writes stories with happy endings while my naughty pen writes the naughty ones. I also accidentally step on Legos daily while balancing my cup of tea and biscuits.

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