I was a Creative writing/poetry/Theater major in college; it prepared me for a life of waiting tables so I went back to grad school and now look at me (no; please don’t).
But that is not the point.
The point is, one of my favorite poems of all time was written by a poet/physician named William Carlos Williams. Here is it, and underneath it, Bian’s take on it.
This is just to say, by William Carlos Williams
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
This is just to say, by Bian Stahl
I have just eaten
All the Jolly Ranchers
In the cupboard
and which you were probably
for movie night
there so sweet
and a good treat.
(Now I love Bian’s version for a couple of reasons: 1) because the kid as a sense of humor like her mamma; 2) Everyone knows I adore my cherry Jolly Ranchers and that B and I have movie night every Friday night, come hell or high water.
Now here is Kenneth Koch’s version (one of them; he had many. Mr. Koch died in 2002. I wish I could have met him and riffed with him on this theme):
Variations on a theme by William Carlos Williams (by Kenneth Koch)
I chopped down the house that you had been saving to live in next summer.
I am sorry, but it was morning, and I had nothing to do
and its wooden beams were so inviting.
We laughed at the hollyhocks together
and then I sprayed them with lye.
Forgive me. I simply do not know what I am doing.
I gave away the money that you had been saving to live on for the next ten years.
The man who asked for it was shabby
and the firm March wind on the porch was so juicy and cold.
Last evening we went dancing and I broke your leg.
Forgive me. I was clumsy and
I wanted you here in the wards, where I am the doctor!