This is Just to Say

This is Just to Say


This is Just to Say (William Carlos Williams)

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


This poem brings together my love for beautiful food and beautiful writing, with just a few words conveying the ways in which food connects us to others. As I’ve learned in my exploration of food systems, food is never just food. Food is something we all share, although in very different ways, and has the power to evoke strong emotion and memories. How else would food inspire so many kinds of art, from photography to poetry to film? Something as simple as a plum tells stories, whether they be about the people who harvested the fruit or the speaker who stole it out of the ice box.

My favorite food-based art:

Como agua para chocolate (Laura Esquivel)

Tender at the Bone (Ruth Reichl)

Oda a la naranja (Pablo Neruda)

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Aimee Bender)

Esperanza Rising (Pam Muñoz Ryan)

Toast (Nigel Slater)




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