I like apology letter poems such as William Carlos Williams’ 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.

(and songs like the Decemberists Apology Song.

Let’s write some of those.

Original post on LJ



  1. Modeled after W.C.W.

    I let the vegetables
    you gave me
    rot in the ‘fridge.

    I hope you
    don’t mind.
    it’s just that,
    there were too many

    I am so
    mad at you
    for letting
    our affection
    rot in limbo.

    Originally posted on June 23, 2005

  2. If last night was any indication,
    You are upset with me.

    Never has anyone said such things to me and
    laid them out quite as bare and blunt as you.

    Your characters: cleverly cast.
    Your invective: intimately incisive.

    While I slept
    you spoke words I’d never say
    Even though I knew them already.

    I’m sorry.
    I know you’d take it back,
    If some part of me didn’t fear it was true.

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