I’m Just Saying . . .

Think all the way back to college. Do you remember William Carlos Williams “note-I-left-on-the-refrigerator” poem?

This Is Just To Say
by William Carlos Williams

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.

Pulao and I listened to a podcast of This American Life from three weeks ago, an episode called “Mistakes Were Made.” In it, among other things, are a few riffs on “This Is Just to Say” — which is, according to This American Life, one of the most spoofed poems around.

I want to do that, I said. I bet you do, too.

They key to spoofing “This Is Just to Say,” This American Life pointed out, is to not be sorry.

Come up with one and post it in the comments. I’ll go first:

I’m Just Saying . . .
by Kris

If you didn’t
want me
to eat all
the cupcakes

why would
you leave them in the fridge?
Don’t tell me
you were
saving them for breakfast.

would eat cupcakes for breakfast —
too sweet
and I ate them already.

9 Responses to I’m Just Saying . . .

  1. Katie L. says:

    I have no spoof, currently; I just need to say that that was BRILLIANT.

  2. Matt says:

    When I was in high school, I was searching online for information related to our end-of-year physics project. It was early days for the web, so almost all the pages were text only. One page had disappeared, leaving in its place something akin to the following:

    I have eaten
    the web page
    that was on
    this server

    and which you were
    to access

    Forgive me
    It was delicious
    I ate it
    in one byte.

    I guess it was clever, but I really needed to access that damn page.

  3. lori says:

    remember the Literary Cafe? and William Carlos Waffles?

  4. Aakaash says:

    I remember the Literary Cafe! Especially “The Sound and the Curry”.

    And here’s mine:

    I’m Just Saying…

    When I see
    sitting in
    the fridge

    for days and
    I think I can
    eat them

    Forgive me
    for not reading your mind
    and knowing
    they were for your mother

  5. karah says:

    Yeah, it was me

    Who hijacked the boyfriend
    you had unaccountably left
    by the roadside [He cooks!]
    the night before
    trash day.

    A few miles on him, but mostly
    still in excellent shape. In fact
    the best I’ve ever tasted.
    Some marvelous things
    improve with age.

    Ah, forgive me, reader,
    for I married him
    sixteen years ago
    He is still delicious
    so sweet
    and so hot

  6. Steven Koski says:

    This is just to say…

    I have eaten
    the left-over clams
    that were in the

    And which
    you had probably
    but wondered for weeks
    about the smell

    Pity me,
    I was hungry
    and they were there
    so call 911

  7. Nathan says:

    This is just to say…

    My brothers ate
    the Doritos
    that were on
    the cupboard shelf.

    Those you needed
    to happily consume
    that sandwich
    for your work lunch.

    Please forgive me,
    after working on the house
    I had to pay them
    with your crunchy, spicy chips.

    Every last one.

  8. ats says:

    The victim responds:

    Hey Asshole…

    You have eaten
    the plums
    that were in
    the icebox

    and which
    i was definitely
    for breakfast.

    Fuck you.
    That was malicious
    so mean
    and so cold.

  9. […] As comments to Kris’s excellent post on Williams Carlos Williams’s psych-out apology, a couple of people mentioned discussions of the literary cafe. […]

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