This Is Just To Say – William Carlos Williams

Poem: “This Is Just To Say”
Poet: William Carlos Williams, 1883 – 1963

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Why this poem (in one line): I first read this poem as part of my Poetry Class at the VU taught by Prof. Oostdijk; it was such a fun poem, like a note on a fridge magnet, with a punch line “so cold” – as though this (gobbling of the plums) was done so deliberately and not so impulsively.

Aside: Biting of the apple too (think Eve), you were saving those (that which belongs to the forbidden tree) , well too bad I ate them. There you go – so much for temptation.

On William Carlos William: click here
Wiki page of this poem: here
I got the poem from: here

The painting in one of the pictures (in this post) is Helena-Wagenaar’s “Eating-Plums.

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