Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

You and I


I explain quietly. You
hear me shouting. You
try a new tack. I
feel old wounds reopen.

You see both sides. I
see your blinkers. I
am placatory. You
sense a new selfishness.

I am a dove. You
recognize the hawk. You
offer an olive branch. I
feel the thorns.

You bleed. I
see crocodile tears. I
withdraw. You
reel from the impact.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Rookie - 200 Points Palas Kumar Ray (12/21/2008 12:43:00 PM)

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    But I've liked this poem.This is often how ' You and I' confront.
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  • Rookie Lynne Shimell (5/23/2007 3:25:00 PM)

    I first heard this poem last Monday evening. My beloved husband has bipolar type II disorder - at the moment he is a very needy, ill person. Very different from the strong, engaging man our world loves and respects. You and I made me cry - it describes perfectly an enduring love that sometimes goes wrong through no fault of the two individuals. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Harihar Patel (10/20/2005 12:32:00 PM)

    ilike this poem very much because it depicts mis reading and miscommunication
    among near ones. The different perspectives are aptly described. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sab D (8/11/2005 5:35:00 AM)

    I like this very much it shows the contradicting sides of a lovers' spat. (Report) Reply

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