(27 February 1925 – 6 July 2002 / Ohio / United States)

Variations On A Theme By William Carlos Williams

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.

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

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.

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!

by Kenneth Koch

Comments (2)

Now that is a l-o-n-g title, right? This is a spoof - a lampoon- - poking fun of the poem by physician William Carlos Williams. I enjoyed this parody. It pretty much stands on its own - -just a wee bit wobbling on one leg- - but I think it would still be funny even if you haven't read the poem written by William Carlos Williams.
Bloody brilliant Mr. Koch although I am aware you are deceased; I hope this sentiment finds your spirit.