Saturday, August 31, 2013

this is just to say

this is just to say
that I was
saving those plums,
but you go ahead.

So much depends upon
a red fire department

as your eyes glaze
and water.

Forgive me
the plums were poisoned
so sweet and
so cold

beside your white
selfish chicken ass.


I hate William Carlos Williams poetry, and I especially hate "This Is Just To Say" and  "The Red Wheelbarrow." 

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 

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

Both above poems by William Carlos Williams. Parody at top by me for Real Toads mini-challenge.   


TexWisGirl said...

you make me laugh.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Well, then, this prompt was obviously made just for you. I think it's a pity his body of work is defined by two poems, because there is a lot more to his craft than they demonstrate.

Your parody is very clever, and I'm sure Catblossom would approve.

Anonymous said...

what, did he write haiku to you in a past life?

a perfect frankenstein of a write you stitched together from his two dead bodies, er, poems.

Susan said...


Sioux said...

The first three lines--had the potential for sweetness. What a surprise, Shay, that your poem took a sharp turn to an ending where everyone gets what they deserve...

hedgewitch said...

Wry and dry, satire served blood-chillingly cold.

Laughin at grapeling's comment.

Outlawyer said...

Ha. Well you have made me laugh. I have mixed feelings about Williams and glad to see such a refreshing lack of ambivalence! Very funny. This is Karin at Manicddaily at Wordpress. K.

LaTonya Baldwin said...

Wow. How do you make read so perfectly? You make it look effortless and we all know that isn't true.

Cloudia said...

Pa-row-row-row your Dy!

I prefer your version. I do remember studying the red wheel barrow. Feh!


Ella said...

Chilling, especially that goosebumpy white chicken ass ;D

Fun to read! I love the Red Wheel Barrow poem~

Helen said...

.. can't stop laughing at the labels! Gotta go back for a second read of the poem.

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
Luv, K

Lolamouse said...

While I do like WCW (don't be hating on me!), I always love a good parody. Yours was brilliant as always!

Loredana Donovan said...

You hate him that much you killed him. That must be his body bag in the photo.

Anonymous said...

Shay, I like WCW... and I think he would have laughed his ass off at your parody. A poet without a sense of humor is... dry as toast.

This really helped my mood! I knew what poems you were spearing from the first lines and the "wheelbarrow" in the pic! Amy

Tolga Çağlar said...

realy wonderful:)

Sam Edge said...

you are only one lab accident away from becoming a Super - Villian, You are awesome.

Mama Zen said...

Oh, holy shit! Girl, here's the first poem that I wrote for the same challenge.

So much depends

on an antidote

to the poison laced plum

you pilfered.

Great minds, eh?

Debi Swim said...

I love this sarcastic treatment of Williams' two poems. Thanks for the chuckle.