Earlier this week, I posted about mentor text, and how can use them to inspire new poems of your own. Today, I wanted to share another effort. This one is based on what I suspect might be the most-used mentor-text poem ever, and a poem which changed my world.
First, the poem, by William Carlos Williams, which I hope you’ve come across before:
This is Just to Say
Anyway, back to the use of a mentor text. Williams’ This is Just to Say ahs been used in classrooms and by writers as a mentor text many many times. There have even been books written based on the poem, my favourite of which is Joyce Sidman’s This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness.
Here is my own attempt a ‘This is Just to Say’ poem. I stuck with the food theme, and also gave an extra nod to Williams’ poem with my mention of plums.
This is just to say
I have eaten
that was in
you were probably
and no icy plums.
(Copyright Sally Murphy, 2015)
Have you ever written a This is Just to Say Poem? Or do you have your own favourite mentor text? I’d love to hear about it.
This post is part of Poetry Friday, where bloggers around the world post about poetry every Friday. Later today, you’ll see a round up of all the Poetry Friday posts at Penny’s blog.