Monday, August 19, 2013

Today's poem by William Carlos Williams

This poem is in honor of the first two plums picked from a tree we planted almost a decade ago! They never even made it to our 'icebox.'

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 (1883-1963)


  1. They wouldn't make it to our icebox either (I'm glad there was one for each of you).

    I so deeply admire the way you are able to find the perfect poem for your perfect moments.

  2. Delicious post in every possible way, Nan.

  3. I've always loved that little poem! I hope the plums you harvested were as delicious as WCW's.

  4. I do so love the poem. I picture him up late at night reading. He gets hungry and heads to the 'icebox.' He sees the plums, eats them heartily, and then thinks 'uh oh' and leaves her a note next to the empty plate. :<)

  5. Perfect poem for the plums! I'll bet they were delicious!!

  6. This makes me remember
    the pear tree I planted last Spring.
    Took a picture
    because it produced 8 pears.
    None this year :)
    Something we grow
    always taste so good...

  7. All respect to William, but I like them warmed by the sun
    Yours are such a beautiful color~

  8. Plummy pics and one of my favourite poems, thank you.

  9. Love your little plum memoir and the poem.

  10. I remember being fooled by the seeming simplicity of this poem when it was first assigned in a high school class. And now, all these very many years later, I keep remembering the poem. It never left me.

  11. The Japanese beetles have destroyed the leaves of the plum tree this year. I wonder if the appearance of fruit is connected in any way. Last gasp? Maybe the tree thought it was dying? (And I sure hope it doesn't).


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