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This Is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams

This Is Just to Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the ice box

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold



-William Carlos Williams






















Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology PoemsOf course, there is the wonderful collection of non-apology apology poems by Gail Carson Levine with fantastic illustrations from Matthew Cordell, Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It, many of which have a fairy-tale flair to them...












There is also a very fun book of poems by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, titled, This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness in which an imagined sixth grade class apologizes for everything from broken windows and stolen doughnuts to lost pets and crushes. The students then take the bold move of asking for responses to their poems. In poetic form, of course.









Dodge Ball Crazy
(to Reuben) by Kyle

Sorry,
Reubs,
for belting you

as hard
as I could
in dodge ball

I'd like
to say
I wouldn't

do it again
but I'd
be lying

By Joyce Sidman, from her book, This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness.


 Sidman and Zagarenski are also the team who created the 2010 Caldecott honor winning book, Red Sings from the Treetops and a Newbery Honor in 2011 for her collection of poetry Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night.
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in ColorsDark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night
And Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature with illustrations by Caldecott winner Beth Krommes.
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

To listen to some very funny and mostly adult variations on this poetic apology that is not really an apology, check out the last six minutes of show #354 of This American Life titled Mistakes Were Made. Thanks for reminding me of this, David!

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