It’s Not Really About the Plums

by Elliot KROP
 

This is just to say…


I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold
(William Carlos Williams)



This is just to say…


I had poisoned
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you probably
stole
and ate

Forgive me
But you always knew I was
not so sweet
and so cold
(response to William Carlos Williams)



This is just to say…


I have sought
medical
attention
with the doctor

who
you probably
paid off
and slept with

Forgive me
but it was the right time
for me to meet
that sweet sweet man
(response to response to WCW)



This is just to say…


I have left
with
all my
things

and which
were probably
your things
too

Forgive me
they are mine now
mine
so mine.
(response to response to response to WCW)



This is just to say…


I have taken
appropriate measures
for my
poisoning

and the cheating with which
you probably
thought you could
get away

Forgive me
Dr. Ronald will never be the same
never as sweet
a little more cold
(response to response to response to response to WCW)



This is just to say…


I forgive you
for the plums
from the icebox
that you ate

let’s just
put the
past
behind us

if you don’t
press charges
I promise you’ll never have to
see Dr. Ronald and me again.
(response to response to response to response to response to WCW)

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