Deb over at San Diego Momma brings us “PROMPTuesday #18: Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”

The prompt from Deb this week is as follows:

William Carlos Williams’s poem “This is Just to Say” is basically about people who know they are supposed to say I’m sorry and apologize — but skirt the apology itself. Here is his poem:

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

So the PROMPT for today is to write your own version of the poem.

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While on vacation this year, Laura had a frozen yogurt & Oreo shake for the first time. These Oreo shakes were The Favorite Vacation Treat of Laura’s big sisters, Kristen and Courtney, when they were little dudes. Laura was very excited to follow in her big sisters’ footsteps this year.

So . . . in accordance with William Carlos Williams’s style and in keeping with San Diego Momma’s interpretation of the poet’s work, I wrote “For Laura’s Big Sisters” because, really, who better to “apologize” in such a manner than a little sister to her big sisters?

This is Just to Play

I have eaten

the shake

that you ate

in years past

and which

you were probably


for again


it was delicious

so sweet

and so cold

34 comments on “For Laura’s Big Sisters”

  1. This is one of my favorite poems ever. Each year, I have the kids in my writing class write their own version. They are always a stitch. Love the photos.

  2. Sisters. They really know how to push those buttons. One “apology” that really pushes MY buttons is the one that sounds like “Sorry you feel that way.”

  3. I’m the big sister too and all I ever got from my brothers were noogies, covers over my head after one or both of them farted in my bed(sometimes they came in just to do that!!)…I could go on, but won’t.
    yeah yeah…nice poem.
    But now….I’m really wanting some Oreos!!! thanks, cheri!

  4. Ditto on the big sister thing- that being I AM THE BIG SISTER AND ALL I EVER GOT WAS THE PARODY TO THE SONG MICHELLE BY THE BEATLES. “Michelle- you smell!”

    Yeah- nice poem, Cheri.

  5. Hehe … Makes ME want to have some of that Oreo shake.

    I always hated that effing plum poem. It made me want to give the author a beatdown. Yes, my tranny rage began even in middle school when I read that poem.

  6. This Is Just to Say

    I have eaten

    the avocado

    that was on

    the counter

    and which

    you were probably

    going to

    throw out because it’s brown

    Help me

    it was tasty

    but now

    I feel ill

    (Okay, not great, but true!)

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