Literary Post


Have you ever seen William Carlos Williams’ poem, “This is just to Say” parodied? It’s been done on various web sites and even on This American Life. You can really have some fun with this. His original poem reads:

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.

A spoof from the blog, Somewhere in the Suburbs:

This is just to say
I have dried
the shirt
made of 100% cotton
that was on your floor
and which
you were probably
planning
to air dry
Forgive me
if you had sorted
your own laundry
it would not be
so short
and so small

Or this one in a book of favourite poems:

This Is Just to Say

For William Carlos Williams

I have just

asked you to

get out of my

apartment



even though

you never

thought

I would



Forgive me

you were

driving

me insane.

— Erica Lynn Hurley (Gambino)

You can have a lot of fun with this poem on a gray Monday morning!


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