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This Is Just to Say

Written in the form of an apology note stuck to a refrigerator door, “This is Just to Say” is a plum of a poem–one that has caused as much disagreement among readers as between any ordinary husband and wife. Is the poem merely the apology it claims to be? Is it an apology at all? Join actor John Hodgman, poet and physician Rafael Campo, poet Jane Hirshfield, and a chorus of couples as they consider what may or may not lie beneath the surface of William Carlos Williams’s brief tribute to marital relations–and the savor of plums.

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This Is Just to Say

by William Carlos Williams

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

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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

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