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This is just to say

One of my favourite poets is William Carlos Williams and one of my all-time favourite poems is his, “This is just to say”. It’s a favourite of millions or billions of others. Here’s a copy of the poem with my own ‘poem’ beneath his ‘talking back to it’ and using his as a model.

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

~ ~ ~


This is Just to Say


I have finally laughed

right out loud

expressing joy

without you here


and knowing

you always said

to me

be happy


Forgive me

I tried to return in time

to hold your hand

in your hour of death.


Still missing you Mom.

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Sheila Marie Delgado - May 13, 2013 - 11:49 am

Lovely Diane…

Susan - May 13, 2013 - 5:53 pm


Sherry - May 14, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Oh my goodness, Diane. That got me right in the gut. So simple, so powerful, so deeply felt.

dana - May 19, 2013 - 4:08 am

absolutely beautiful & powerful.

lisa - May 19, 2013 - 5:09 am

This brought some very big tears, Diane.
It is truly so beautifully written.
I love my mom almost 13 years ago now, and there is not a day that goes by, that I don’t miss her.

Andrea - May 20, 2013 - 4:50 pm

I got your postcard. Thanks so much. You will probably get mine at the end of this week or beginning of next. Let me know when you do! Nice poem and photo!

Ms. S - May 22, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Beautifully said and such an evocative photo. Hope you are well. ๐Ÿ™‚


andrea - September 3, 2013 - 4:11 pm

I have tried to return a thousand times to hold Adam’s hand in his hour of death.