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Simon Armitage - I Say I Say I Say

Anyone here had a go at themselves 
for a laugh? Anyone opened their wrists 
with a blade in the bath? Those in the dark 
at the back, listen hard. Those at the front 
in the know, those of us who have, hands up, 
let's show that inch of lacerated skin 
between the forearm and the fist. Let's tell it 
like it is: strong drink, a crimson tidemark 
round the tub, a yard of lint, white towels 
washed a dozen times, still pink. Tough luck. 
A passion then for watches, bangles, cuffs. 
A likely story: you were lashed by brambles 
picking berries from the woods. Come clean, come good, 
repeat with me the punch line 'Just like blood' 
when those at the back rush forward to say 
how a little love goes a long long long way.