this is just to say

A very interesting discussion in the post below re: W. C. Williams – check it out and feel free to comment. just wanted to post Williams’s “This is just to say” and a variation of this poem by Kenneth Koch, which is hilarious. ENJOY!

~
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

(Williams)

~
Variation on a Theme by William Carlos Williams

1

I chopped down the house that you had been saving to live in next summer.
I am sorry, but it was morning, and I had nothing to do
and its wooden beams were so inviting.

2

We laughed at the hollyhocks together
and then I sprayed them with lye.
Forgive me. I simply do not know what I am doing.

3

I gave away the money that you had been saving to live on for the next ten years.
The man who asked for it was shabby
and the firm March wind on the porch was so juicy and cold.

4

Last evening we went dancing and I broke your leg.
Forgive me. I was clumsy, and
I wanted you here in the wards, where I am the doctor!

(Kenneth Koch)

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2 thoughts on “this is just to say

  1. oh, craig, you really know how to please a man. i’ve always liked this poem by koch.

  2. Note the differences in WCW’s hairdos, parallel to major transitions in his work.

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