Friday, April 23, 2010

Poetry Friday

Wednesday was my mom's birthday. One of my favorite poems is "This is Just to Say" by William Carlos Williams. It's one that many authors have riffed on recently, notably in Joyce Sidman's This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness and Sharon Creech's Hate That Cat.

So, here's my version, for my mom...

This is Just to Say

I know you really didn't ruin my life
When I was 10.
And 14.
And 18.
And all the times in between.
Even though I said you did.

It's just that you were trying so hard to teach me
Right from Wrong
And how to see the beauty in the world
And in myself.

Please forgive me,
But they are hard lessons to learn.
And I still need your help.

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Shelley said...

This was a gentle reminder for me to email my mother--thanks!

Laura said...

Hi Jennie,

I love Sidman's This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness.

Nice parody.

Laura Evans
all things poetry