This Is Just to Say
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
William Carlos Williams c.1934
You may wonder how a topic like this, eaten plums and a whimsical apology, using irregular meter, would end up a poem of some esteem. And you would be in good company. Many believe it’s famous simply because William Carlos Williams, daytime doctor and nighttime poet, wrote it.
This is Just to Say…or Just saying?
Many of you know that I am curious about the origin of things. Words, phrases, inventions, programs… I am simply fascinated by how they came to be part of the world we now live, and by the people and time periods that created them.
“Just saying” has become a popular phrase in today’s vernacular. And while it is NOT my favorite phrase…(it’s actually much closer to the least favorite end of the spectrum), Scott Simon of NPR’s “Simon Says” describes it as “designed to let us express ourselves sharply, but without conviction.” (Read or listen to his opinion on the phrase at http://n.pr/RFQAdB)
Scott suggests its origins can be found in sitcoms like Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy’s stand up routine. Let’s journey back in time, 80 years into the past, for an earlier rendition by William Carlos William.
How many times have you been on the receiving end of a gesture of this type? How many times have you followed in William’s footsteps? Did you ever leave a note? Was it sincere, humorous, loving, or snarky?
Have a great weekend.
There is no “They” only Us.
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