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Occasional Poem — William Carlos Williams

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

This Is Just To Say

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

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. 

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    Tuesday, February 13, 2007 3:29 pm

    I like this poem, and I like plums. Its a very tempting little plum of a poem. WCW hangs so cutely on the poem tree sometimes. A very plum-like person, you might say. Bright, rounded and shiny.

  2. Wednesday, February 14, 2007 12:08 am

    haha I like it, its not too deep.

  3. Wednesday, February 14, 2007 8:42 am

    We made a video of this poem in First Year film class. The video sucked, but I still like the poem.

    And plums.

  4. James17930 permalink
    Wednesday, February 14, 2007 9:27 am

    A video of the poem? How did that work?

  5. Wednesday, February 14, 2007 10:34 am

    Not very well, that’s why I said it sucked.

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