sometimes he did this, sometimes he did that

I have to memorise a poem for my pedagogy course next week, and when I was thinking of which one to choose (cannot be a children's poem, and had to be more than 10 lines), I couldn't think of any better than this sonnet by Simon Armitage, not a children's poem, obviously more than 10 lines, and most importantly easy to memorise! And I couldn't help sharing it here:


And if it snowed and snow covered the drive
he took a spade and tossed it to one side.
And always tucked his daughter up at night.
And slippered her the one time that she lied.

And every week he tipped up half his wage.
And what he didn’t spend each week he saved.
And praised his wife for every meal she made.
And once, for laughing, punched her in the face.

And for his mum he hired a private nurse.
And every Sunday taxied her to church.
And he blubbed when she went from bad to worse.
And twice he lifted ten quid from her purse.

Here’s how they rated him when they looked back:
sometimes he did this, sometimes he did that.

From Simon Armitage's poetry collection Kid (1992)


2 thoughts on “sometimes he did this, sometimes he did that

  1. mr. witt

    it's been a long while since i decided i liked it (grade... 12, i guess), but i've always loved the Poison Tree by Blake.

    and, for a horrid non-sequitir, i was also able to recite the first 20 lines of the Prologue of the |Canterbury Tales in the original middle (old?) english. i can now only manage the first 10 lines...

    hope all is well!

    mr. witt

  2. @mr. witt thanks a lot. now you've given me an alternative poem too. i must have read that very long ago too, but i think i'll stick with the modern-day poet for my assignment 🙂

    all well in the winter wonderland, still some fresh snow coming here now and then! how are things at your end?

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