Wednesday, September 24, 2008

This Is Just To Say

This is just to say:
I know I fouled you
during last night's game.

I ripped the frisbee from your hands
but contested the call anyway.

Forgive me.
It was far too easy
when the trophy was so shiny
and your grip was so weak.

This is an adaptation of a poem called "This Is Just To Say" by William Carlos Williams. Poets and writers frequently write their own version of the poem, and it was recently featured on an episode of "This American Life". Let's get a little collection of our own adaptations; write one and email it to me or comment it on this post.

9 comments:

a family member who wishes to remain anonymous said...

This is just to say,
that I pulled the pizza off the counter.
When you werent looking
I ate it all.

You left it where I could reach it.
You should know better

And when you scolded
I wagged my tail and looked sad
to make you laugh.
That always works.

Jesse said...

Is the the poem that you heard on the radio, which you were telling me about last year on the trip to the Barnes Museum? it seems very familiar.


This is just to say,
that I took
the hat
that was sitting
on your newly cut hair.

I know
you are very
ashamed
of your hair

But I'm bored
and honestly
it can't look worse
than it usually does

joe said...

This is just to say,
I took
two books
to my house
from school

but I didn't
check them out

I forgot
I had them
but now I see
lying next to me

the bad poet said...

This is just to say:
I threw you off
the edge of a cliff
in your sleep.

You probably would
have liked not to be
in extreme pain
right now.

Forgive me,
but it was great fun
to push you off
and hear you scream.

rachel said...

This is just to say:
I'm sorry I embarrassed you
yesterday in the library.

I laughed out loud and everyone turned.
Their stares burning into us like irons.

Forgive me.
It is far too easy
when you are so funny
and I am so unprepared.

Sorry, Stone... said...

This is just to say,
that I knew I'd probably forget
the second time around.

Your wallet was just sitting on the counter,
and you called me a kleptomaniac.

Forgive me.
It was far too easy when
the duct tape was so sparkly
and it had your student ID inside.

Keeper said...

This is just to say,
that I...

*BOOM* HEADSHOT!

Ali said...

this is just to say,
that i had a really witty comment
typed up on here.
I swear

But then i forgot
about the word verification

And I decided
I'd blame that
Instead of an utter lac
of creativity.

Anonymous said...

this is just to say