Occasional Poem — William Carlos Williams
This Is Just To Say
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
I admit this is a bit of a cop-out for an Occasional Poem, given that this one is so famous; however, famous poems are kind of like famous treatises on quantum mechanics — not many people have read them, so it’s never a bad idea to share.
There’s not too much that can be said about this poem though — it’s just a great example of pure and simple lyrical beauty, free of any cluttering punctuation. It is at once an expression of childlike contentment and joy at having savoured the delicious plums, and also a plee for forgiveness from a loved one, where the poet knows he can easily be forgiven with a wink and smile.
There’s a lot of love in this poem — pretty amazing for only twelve lines.