This Is Just To Say

I have LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the following two William Carlos Williams poems since college:

This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

***

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.

Years ago, Carrie brought homemade pie (and crust) to our house as a contribution to a meal I was making for a gathering of friends. The following day, I emailed this note to her:

I have eaten
most of the peach pie
and the ice cream that was in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
wishing I
had saved for you

Forgive me
it was delicious
so sweet
and so cold (a la mode)

Her response, a few hours later:

so much depends
upon

a white pie
plate

filled with crust
crumbs

beside the black
kitten

One Response to “This Is Just To Say”

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    […] may recognize the poem from a previous post of mine where I was playing around with this and another William Carlos Williams poem.  Well, here […]

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