Here’s a poem famous for its brevity and humor, followed by a quick prompt from Ken. Enjoy!
THIS IS JUST TO SAY
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
— WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS (1883-1963)
Using “This is Just to Say” as a model, write a poem in this same style—short lines, incremental. His poem was written as an apology to his wife that he left on the refrigerator. Find something in your own experience that parallels this. Write an apology for something you did. Notice that Williams uses the title of the poem as his first line. Williams’ topic is light and whimsical. It would be good to find something easy-going like this, but you could also take on a more serious apology, which is probably the more usual situation in our lives. Don’t start it with “This is Just to Say” as your first line—come up with your own parallel move.