Friday, February 4, 2011

"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

William Carlos Williams (1934)

It's been a hectic week. So it was a blessing to wake up this morning thinking of Williams' plums. Such a simple, yet beautiful poem. Hopefully it also brings you some peace and joy at the end of a long week.


  1. I haven't seen this poem since I was an undergrad. It means more re-reading it at the age I am now! Thanks for posting, it certainly is a nice end to the week!

  2. Yay, happy to share! It's amazing how just a few simple short words can be so beautiful, isn't it?

  3. I love the simplicity of his poems. A few words can evoke so many thoughts and feelings.

    Have a great weekend.

  4. Thanks, Medeia. Hope you have a great weekend, too.

  5. I've always liked that poem too, but I'd have murder on my mind if someone gobbled up all my plums then TOLD me about how delicious they were. (I'm a little proprietorial about fruit...)

  6. Hah! Me, too, Mary! The Wikipedia article I linked to explained that one interpretation of the poem is that the plums have been exchanged for a poem intended to be of equal value. I kind of like that idea, and the poem is a beautiful experience, but if I were craving a plum a poem wouldn't cut it. =)

  7. Perfect for a winter's day buried beneath two feet of snow.

    How are you?

  8. Funny, Jan, I was thinking about the snow when I posted this, even though it was only raining here in Bristol!

    I'm doing well... So nice to hear from you, it's been so long! Hope you're doing all right.


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