this is just to say

"White Center" (1950) Mark Rothko

I wish I had a photo of plums to put here, but I don’t. I do, though, have an image I love, of one of Rothko’s paintings. I can’t put into words why this poem and these paintings affect me the way they do. Maybe that’s why I love them so.

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, 1934

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About asiajane

librarian, mama, bibliophile, foodie, pop-culture enthusiast, and design junkie
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8 Responses to this is just to say

  1. This is a very plum-like Rothko : ) I love his art, and feel sad to think that he is gone. I have had the pleasure of seeing some of his works in person, and marveled at their power on a very very big wall. Thanks for the lovely poem and pic Jane. Here is my favorite haiku, back at you…

    ants on a log
    floating downstream
    still singing

    Chris

  2. Artswebshow says:

    this is cool. lol
    I like it

  3. Catherine says:

    I’ve never seen this Rothko – I really like it, thank you for sharing! Have you seen Charles Demuth’s painting “The Figure 5 in Gold”? It’s an “homage” to William Carlos Williams. I always like WCW’s poem about the red wheelbarrow.

  4. Lisa Hoff says:

    Oh Asia! WCW is my absolute favorite! Here is an excerpt from one that I love.

    “…There is no power
    so great as love
    which is the sea,
    which is the garden-
    as enduring
    as the verses
    of that blind old man
    destined
    to live forever.
    Few men believe that
    nor in the games of children.
    They believe rather
    in the bomb
    and shall die by the bomb….”
    William Carlos Williams
    from Asphodel, That Greeny Flower

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