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This Is Just To Say
(17 September 1883 – 4 March 1963 / New Jersey)

This Is Just To Say

Poem By William Carlos Williams

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

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Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold......//// SWEETLY EXPRESSED THE FORGIVENESS
This is not a comment, but a question. Does anyone know when (and where) the poem first appeared in print?
One of the seminal poems (and poets) of the 20th Century. This poem establishes two important and separate signposts for future poets: 1: the title is part of the poem. This is Just to Say is both the title and first line of this poem; 2: it is acceptable to write a poem about an everyday experience (i.e. eating plums) that helps the reader live the experience along with the poet. Universal themes and short length - this is the start of
Plump, and Plump, and Waiting for Digestion Inhaled, and with glee Exhaled... The remnants Leaving an after taste (...and held onto less forgotten After time the chaser Leaves marks the throat forgets) Like a wheel barrow, red Frozen with linger the ploy The mind provides as if Death knew what to do anyway What do you notice, She asked He looked away and said Nothing Thinking Plump, and C Trevor Andres
The beauty of honesty is best stated directly and simply, thus at the heart truth is poetry, in it's own right. The message here is not regret, rather a confession to and for love.