“This Is Just to Say”

As soon as Melissa shared some of her favorite “food quotes”, I automatically thought of a favorite poem that I have loved for years. Kim gave me this small paperback of selected poems of William Carlos Williams about 40 years ago when we first began dating. Here it is:

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

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About carolyngalizio

Kim and I are the parents here. We've been married a long time and love to be in the kitchen together. Over the years we have become more interested in eating food that is not only delicious, but also healthy and as local as possible. Kim likes to make meat, and I like to make vegetarian dishes . Just what happens at our house! We happen to really love all of the others who write on this blog!

5 thoughts on ““This Is Just to Say”

  1. Melissa

    I’ve always loved that poem too! It’s such a simple thought, but expressed so beautifully. Thanks for reminding me of this!

    1. Carolyn Galizio

      I knew you would know that one, Melissa! It is one of the few poems that I know by heart, and that I loved instantly and that I still love to this day. We all should read more poetry, don’t you think?
      On a side note, did you know that your Mom calls you “English”?

  2. Elyse

    I love this poem!! It’s one that I actually understand… Good thing I live with Chris who wouldn’t have noticed we have plums in the fridge in the first place.


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