This Is Just to Say, by William Carlos Williams (1934)I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
and in the same anthology the editor posts a poem in response:
Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams, by Kenneth Koch (1962)
1I chopped down the house that you had been saving to live in next summer.
I am sorry, but it was morning, and I had nothing to do
and its wooden beams were so inviting.
2We laughed at the hollyhocks together
and then I sprayed them with lye.
Forgive me. I simply do not know what I am doing.
3I gave away the money that you had been saving to live on for the next ten years.
The man who asked for it was shabby
and the firm March wind on the porch was so juicy and cold.
4Last evening we went dancing and I broke your leg.
Forgive me. I was clumsy and
I wanted you here in the wards, where I am the doctor!