You’re Beautiful (Poem) by Simon Armitage



A beautiful poem about the difference between men and women. Thanks to chocogal for introducing me to it!

Lyrics:
You’re Beautiful because you’re classically trained. ,
I’m ugly because I associate piano wire with strangulation.
You’re beautiful because you stop to read the cards in newsagents’ windows about lost cats and missing dogs.
I’m ugly because of what 1 did to that jellyfish with a lolly-stick and a big stone
You’re beautiful because for you, politeness is instinctive, not a marketing campaign
I’m ugly because desperation is impossible to hide.

Ugly like he is,
Beautiful like hers,
Beautiful like Venus,
Ugly like his,
Beautiful like she is,
Ugly like Mars.

You’re beautiful because you believe in coincidence and the power of thought.
I’m ugly because I proved God to be a mathematical impossibility
You’re beautiful because you prefer home-made soup to the packet stuff.
I’m ugly because once, at a dinner party, I defended the aristocracy and wasn’t even drunk.
You’re beautiful because you can’t work the remote control.
I’m ugly because of satellite television and twenty-four hour rolling news.

Ugly like he is,
Beautiful like hers,
Beautiful like Venus,
Ugly like his,
Beautiful like she is,
Ugly like Mars.

You’re beautiful because you cry at weddings as well as funerals.
I’m ugly because I think .of children as another species from a different world.
You’re beautiful because you look great in any colour including red.
I’m ugly because I think shopping is strictly for the acquisition of material goods.
You’re beautiful because when you were born, undiscovered planets lined up to peep over the rim of your cradle and lay gifts of gravity and light at your miniature feet.
I’m ugly for saying ‘love at first sight’ is another form of mistaken identity and that the most human of all responses is to gloat.

Ugly like he is,
Beautiful like hers,
Beautiful like Venus,
Ugly like his,
Beautiful like she is,
Ugly like Mars.

You’re beautiful because you’ve never seen the inside of a car-wash,
I’m ugly because I always ask for a receipt.
You’re beautiful for sending a box of shoes to the third world.
I’m ugly because I remember the telephone numbers of ex-girlfriends and the year Schubert was born.
You’re beautiful because you sponsored a parrot in a zoo.
I’m ugly because when I sigh it’s like the slow collapse of a circus tent.

Ugly like he is,
Beautiful like hers,
Beautiful like Venus,
Ugly like his,
Beautiful like she is,
Ugly like Mars.

You’re beautiful because you can point at a man in a uniform and laugh.
I’m ugly because I was a police informer in a previous life.
You’re beautiful because you drink a litre of water and eat three pieces of fruit a day.
I’m ugly for taking the line that a meal without meat is a beautiful woman with one eye.
You’re beautiful because you don’t see love as a competition and you know how to lose.
I’m ugly because I kissed the FA Cup then held it up to the crowd.

You’re beautiful because of a single buttercup in the top buttonhole of your cardigan.
I’m ugly because I said the World’s Strongest Woman was a muscleman in a dress.
You’re beautiful because you couldn’t live in a lighthouse.
I’m ugly for making hand-shadows in front of the giant bulb, so when they look up, the captains of vessels in distress see the ears of a rabbit, or the eye of a fox, or the legs of a galloping black horse.

Ugly like he is,
Beautiful like hers,
Beautiful like Venus,
Ugly like his,
Beautiful like she is,
Ugly like Mars.

Ugly like he is,
Beautiful like hers,
Beautiful like Venus,
Ugly like his,
Beautiful like she is,
Ugly like Mars.

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12 thoughts on “You’re Beautiful (Poem) by Simon Armitage

  • August 26, 2017 at 11:53 am
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    I like his presenting in documentaries, but this guy needs therapy.

    He should keep any male children FAR away from his mother.

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  • August 26, 2017 at 11:53 am
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    Great poem, Mr.Simon Armitage!  I'm also a poet and sometimes I think I'm ugly too, because I feel I say too much, and others are hardly understanding me, I feel I'm ugly because I think in a complex way, I try to find logic in love . I wish I were beautiful like other ladies of my age, thinking in a simple way. I love that poem. Thanks Mr.Simon Armitage. Vatsala (Mauritian author/Poet)

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  • August 26, 2017 at 11:53 am
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    I never thought another poet as incompetent as Ted Hughes would be made Poet Laureate until Simon Armitage appeared.

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  • August 26, 2017 at 11:53 am
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    I interpreted this poem as a self analysis. I am left wondering if perhaps he is talking about opposing characteristics within himself. I also had the idea that perhaps, he finds it difficult to pay himself compliments – notice how the topic of each verse becomes further apart as the poem continues. Perhaps he is desperate to prove that he doesn't deserve compliments? Maybe he is making a point that there are beautiful and ugly in all of us?

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  • August 26, 2017 at 11:53 am
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    Why do you have to say that it's about the difference between men and women? I am a man and stop to read newspaper adverts in windows. I also know women that can't hide their desperation… !?

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