03 April 2007

National Poetry Month: Theme and Variations

I know
I know...
long time -
no Blog

sorry
the weather has been
so warm and clear.

I will try
to do better
soon


In the meantime, and in honor of Poetry Month, two poems by one of my all-time favorites, Dr. William Carlos Williams, M.D. of Patterson, New Jersey -- with variations on them.


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


Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams
by Kenneth Koch


1
I 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.

2
We laughed at the hollyhocks together
and then I sprayed them with lye.
Forgive me. I simply do not know what I am doing.

3
I 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.

4
Last 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!



The Red Wheelbarrow
by William Carlos Williams



so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.





The Red Cadillac
by Reginald O'Hare Gibson



Willie “Slick” Williams reads William Carlos Williams, then writes a letter to the producers of the TV makeover show Pimp My Ride, explaining why his car should be featured on the program.

so much depends
upon

a red cadillac
slick

with turtle
wax

beside the white
chicks

2 comments:

Robert said...

Hah! That last one cracked me up.

Anonymous said...

^^ nice blog!! ^@^

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