Plum good (for William Carlos Williams)

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This is just to say
aliens have come
picking plums
we’ll never taste

with cold fingers
that linger
on mushy flesh
of red and yellow

they’ve probably
never plucked

such juicy
goodness

with such ease
William Carlos Williams
would not

be pleased.


A poem for William Carlos Williams and dVerse Poetics where Laura asks us to write a poem addressing a favorite poet and try to emulate their style. I do love the imagery and brevity Williams uses and perhaps this is one style I can do a decent job emulating. I have included the plum image contained within his famous poem below.

Note: Many believe the image of the plum represents premature death. Let the reader be the judge!

This Is Just To Say

William Carlos Williams – 1883-1963

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


46 thoughts on “Plum good (for William Carlos Williams)

  1. Ahhhh, I love it so much! WCW would be proud and you possessed his spirit in writing quite well. Beautiful work as always, Tricia! It’s always a pleasure reading you.

  2. What a wonderful retelling of WCW and the alien plum tasters enjoying the juices just as much the forgiven fingers of the past. Well done, Tricia. Love your spin on this classic poem and style.

  3. Your poem made me smile, Tricia. The original has been taught by so many teachers and analysed by so many students over the years, and we can still find sweet juiciness in it. The thought of aliens picking plums from the tree in my garden had me grinning โ€“ bring them on!

  4. This is such a gorgeous, gorgeous tribute, Tricia ๐Ÿ˜€ I love; “with cold fingers that linger on mushy flesh of red and yellow theyโ€™ve probably never plucked such juicy goodness.” ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

  5. You taught me two things today – WCW (which i need to read soon) and the plum symbolism. Thank you!

    and if it’s not too much to ask, would you know a collection of him that i should ideally start of? thank you!

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