This is Just to Say

I have started reading poetry with Davey.  It’s so fun sharing the poems with him that I used to read with my classes when I taught at RMCAD.  I love teaching 2nd grade, but I do miss talking about poetry with the college students.  So it’s so fun to start reading it with Davey.

I started with William Carlos Williams.  He is one of my favorites.  His language is so simple, but I love that language and how he constructs the poem.  It’s a great example of how every single word in a poem is carefully chosen and is crucial to the poet’s intent.

We read “This is Just to Say”.  We talked about it, and now we’ve memorized it.  Not that it’s any great feat to memorize.  It’s not exactly lengthy.

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

Davey likes to tease me and quote the poem as “so sweet and so juicy”.  We’ve had fun talking about it and memorizing it together.

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