This is Just to Say
By William Carlos Williams
I have eaten
that were in
Read the rest here.
Oh, we’ve read this one before so many times. A poem of apology for the ages. But I don’t think my friend Grace had read it before. Grace is 17 years old and the daughter of my friend, Jo. Every time I read a book I think Grace or her sister Margaret will like, I pass it forward to them. And Grace was kind enough to take part in my Poetry Month fun.
This was Grace’s response to WCW’s "This is Just to Say":
Hooray for poetry you can relate to, that’s what I say! Perhaps this isn’t true for all poets, but when I write poetry I’m hoping to tap into a truth, a universal emotion or truth, that others will relate to, or will say, "YES! That’s it! But I’ve never thought about it that way…"
This is what Grace had to say about poetry in general, and apologies specifically:
But guess what, dear readers? I convinced her to write one anyway. 🙂 Here is Grace’s own true-to-life, current version of WCW’s "This is Just to Say". Can you relate?
I have eaten
the last of the Häagen-Dazs ice cream
that was in
you were probably
for your midnight snack.
it was heavenly
and so cold.
—Grace Bailey, inspired by WCW
HA! Now, Grace, that made ME laugh out loud. 🙂
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6 thoughts on “National Poetry Month — WCW”
S was just reading some WCW in school – they had to write a poem based not on This is Just to Say, but on his Red Wheelbarrow. One of the kids wrote about a basketball ref – “So much depends/upon/a black & white-striped man . . . “
Well, now. That is true. So much does depend on that black and white-striped man. 🙂
How fun! Thanks for this, Grace and Kristy!
Oh yeah. I *loved* “caramel-ly.”
I always love hearing the variants of this poem that others come up with. smart cookie that Grace!
She is a smart cookie. Or a smart little container of Haagen-daz. 🙂