Wednesday, June 4, 2008

delectable details

A while ago, I bought a bag of plums from Costco.  I finished it today.  For every one of those little plums I thought, "They taste good to her."  

To a Poor Old Woman
by William Carlos Williams

munching a plum on
the street a paper bag
of them in her hand

They taste good to her
They taste good
to her. They taste
good to her

You can see it by
the way she gives herself
to the one half
sucked out in her hand

Comforted
a solace of ripe plums
seeming to fill the air
They taste good to her.

4 comments:

  1. this is quite possibly my favorite poem of all time.

    another good one about plums (also by William Carlos Williams):

    This is Just to Say

    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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  2. In the seventh grade, I included that poem in an anthology that we had to do for class. my dad has that poem memorized, so over the years it has absolutely become one of my favorites. I'm glad we have this poem in common. :)

    also, I LOVE William Carlos Williams. really. I feel like we should talk about this.

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  3. it's a deal. I adore William Carlos Williams' visual imagery. let's have a poem party someday.

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  4. i figured if i am asking you to comment on my blog so i know you read it, then i must surely do the same! your blog makes me smile, just like you do. i too am in love with office supplies/stationary and love those cards you posted. i love the love list thingy. i may just have to copy y'all on that one oh, and josh is always looking for a 5k partner, so if you REALLY want to check that one off, give him a call!

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