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Could We Just
Could we just . . .
By A. Gagliardi August 2009
This poem is written in the style of “This is Just to Say” by William Carlos Williams (1934) whose short poem attempted to slow the reader to focus on the details of the sentence. So, I ask you to read the lines more slowy than you might, so you can take in the meaning of each part of the sentence.
The theme is still redemption, (as in Williams' poem) but the transgression of my poem is unclear. We do know that Williams’ has eaten plums meant for breakfast. However, “Could we just” expresses a plea for continuation of a debate or an argument. The unique connotation of discussing ”the price of milk without killing a cow” should not to be taken literally. This sentence gives you the idea of the intensity of the debate and the suggestion of a more conciliatory recommencement of the negotiations.
For your help in remembering Williams’ poem, I am including it in this discussion.
This Is Just to Say
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
by William Carlos Williams (1934)