ruthless compassion (aroraborealis) wrote,
ruthless compassion
aroraborealis

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this is just to say what now?

Okay, okay.

So, one of my favorite poems of all time is William Carlos Williams' This Is Just to Say:
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


And I therefore, of course, adore I Will Alarm Islamic Owls, the brilliant parody by Francis Heaney, the title of which is an anagram of Williams's name:
I will be alarming
the Islamic owls
that are in
the barn

and which
you warned me
are very jittery
and susceptible to loud noises

Forgive me
they see so well in the dark
so feathery
and so dedicated to Allah


And, so, naturally, I'm delighted by today's addition to this category:
THIS IS JUST TO SAY
THAT I'M TIRED
OF SHARING AN
APARTMENT WITH
WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS.


Thanks to qwrrty for the pointer.
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