Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Why do I love this deceptively simple poem by William Carlos Williams? Would anyone care to explain?


Plums

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

88 comments:

ssj said...

it makes my heart warm n grin. sounds like a children's song. i dunno urs but i guess u felt same :)

Dean Shaari said...

maybe you like it because the person who takes the plum in the ice box is someone who defy the written rule and try to satisfy the things that he or she likes the most?

Just a wild guest...

ru-shuen said...

It's so simple, yet so sweet

Ms Lime said...

Here's my version:

I have eaten
the chocolates
that were in
the fridge

and which
you were probably
saving
for us

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sinful
yet so right.

Ah the joy of forbidden food. Maybe deep within us, we love things that do not belong to us.

Regards,
The owner of "Your Chocolate is Mine"

ladyM said...

yums! the plum do look so red and yummy...such a nice n simple poem..love it too!

ary said...

erm...so simple...thats y i love this poem....

Your Average Mat said...

great poem. Thanks for sharing.

Yadayada said...

okay, that poem, is extremely simple...
people usually try to be all flowery...
so, it is definitely unique in its own way...

Queen said...

I luv plums... mmm

yasmin said...

when i've heard all your comments, i'll put my reasons up in the posting itself, inshaallah.

syahid (oblind36) said...

metaphorically he asking forgiveness for the something he cannot resist to disobey.
Friendship between a boy and a girl for example. The boy "ruin" the friendship by telling how much he love the-person-he-loved (the girl) who meant to be as a best friend. Maybe the girl will have a flower in her heart for him in a day after, a week after, a month after or even a year after, but sadly not now. and he asking for her forgiveness for that.

Sorry for my bad english. Just my 2 cents.

Anonymous said...

Siapalah yang untung dapat nota2 mcm ni kat fridge diorang. Ni yang rasa mcm nak kahwin aje. Cakap2 pasal pelam dan buah-buahan lain.

zai said...

Kak, Yasmin..

Alangkah baikya menjadi seseorang yang mudah MEMOHON kemaafan walaupun atas sebab-musabab yang sangat kecil....?
alangkah baiknya juga menjadi seseorang yang mudah MENERIMA kemaafan walaupun atas sebab-musabab yang kecil...

alhariesz said...

doesn't matter whether sweet & sour...you can't help it but to love your beloved....more & more...

can't help it but to 'consume' and taste that forever love at this particular moment...

that's how i interpret it... :)

dheepan said...

It sounds delicious...

sedna said...

Hiya..
I'm the same with syahid(oblind36).. it's a metaphor for friendship or love. because he ate the "plum", probably saved for "breakfast"= someone else.. you see, the "plum" it's sweet, yet so cold..
can't wait to see your reason!

ChabbyWabbit said...

because you love plums?...just guessing

pakmet said...

Aslmlkm,

Kak, in my humble opinion, the poetry is a perfect example how simplistic it is to describe the human bond metaphorically. We are the world, and the world is us. That's what make the poetry so deliciously charming.

p/s:may I ask your permission to put up a link tour blog in mine? thanks kak.

afams-chan said...

Erm...

maybe the poem is straight foward. So, its easy to understand and no need to explain more.

Go straight and dont 'belok-belok'

Hehe...

Qaisy Jaslenda said...

salaam ms yasmin. it has been a while since we last met eh?

anyway, about the poem,

I know nothing about poetry, but when I read the poem, I see it as something that had happened to so many people, in what ever contexts or settings.

- that many people had experienced the same feelings before.

The simple things that we do almost everyday often remind us about the people around us. It will continue to happen again and again, until we forget about it, again.

The continuity of a simple action or routine that has been taken for granted by most of us can really teach us something; only if we know how to look at it really closely.


have a great day ms yasmin ;)

Wallahua'lam

m said...

You love the poem because...simple is beautiful and the poem gives you imagines a lot?

the red of the sweety jewely plums were vividly into my heart.
It is symbol of youngers colorful love they strongly belive , or the love that is over but never fade in our heart?
lovely poem. thank you.

A nomad with a 20ft container. Singapore for now. said...

Why do you love this poem? For it's simplicity allows you to imagine, think and explore deeper into its meaning. It was not a simple poem and that is a challenge to you to decipher the actual message. As you always do with all your films.

andy gomes said...

mak,
is it because you consider this one a "haiku' or you can relate this to a certain funny incident in your life...i dont know.
just a rough guess.

God bless an take care.
love you=)

Kris Law said...

Because you like to take things that were NOT yours. And secondly, you LACK control whatsoever with your own desires. Sounds selfish to me. You leave people with no breakfast to eat, celaka u. :-)


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Miss C said...

Dearest Ms.Yasmin Ahmad,

I'm an aspiring Malaysian writer/author. I have recently finished writing a short story that I would love to send in to a publisher, or someone who would be willing to take a chance on a newbie, but I have absolutely no idea how to go about it.

Do you know of any publishers/anyone who would be interested in reading scripts/manuscripts/short stories? I'm sorry for bothering you. I'm a loyal supporter/fan of your work. You're an inspiration. Cheers!

Kris Law said...

Because you are lovely and sweet. Just like the plums.


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Muhammad said...

Situasi 1 -
Situasi 2 -

" Kemaafan "

Penj-alasan 1 -
Penj-alasan 2 -


Pengkelasan sifat manusia ... Mengaku melakukan kesalahan ...
Tak malu mengharapkan keampunan ...

dan

terang dalam menyalahkan alasan

:)
salam
kak yasmin

tembikai pun manis juga bukan :)

penthesilea said...

HAHAHA. ok, im familiar with this poem. i love it, its so VERY NAKAL!

everytime i read this, i hear a sleazy guy narrating it. 'forgive me' konon.

Miccalamcka said...

I cannot understand.But,whatever it is,those shining apples/plums sure look super attractive!:D

yasmin said...

penthesilea, i share your sentiments COMPLETELY! i love the poem because it's NAKAL.

i read between the lines and i see mischief, cheekiness, playfulness, pretend repentance, flirtation, and love.

AmyC said...

well maybe...just maybe once in our lifetime that is what the little voice inside our head says.....to someone....

Lyn said...

I think it's about a person who did something that could have possibly hurt the person they love, or who loves them dearly.

And that person enjoyed what he, or she, did, despite the guilt felt afterwards.

At least that's what I think when I read the poem :)

adeela said...

Such suggestive sayings, esp short ones usually stays in your mind for a long time. Probably because of that.

Try putting it like a normal sentence and the meaning won't be the same.

We savor each one instead of rushing through them. Just like temptation and redemption.

Wow cool shit! haha.

Shamimi Haniza said...

Poem ini adalah salah satu daripada poem yang saya belajar dalam subjek reading and project works for teaching literaturein ESL. Bagi saya, ia adalah sesuatu yang mudah tetapi ditulis secara puitis lantaran rasa bersalah dan ditambah dengan harapan bahawa dia akan dimaafkan.

mohamad faiz said...

damn u who stole my plums!
hahahaah

yasmin said...

shamimi, i don't think he felt sorry at all. i think he was teasing the other person.

RosmanPositivo said...

eh, this poem is so 'kinky' la.

i dont know if it's just me.

it's full of irresistable lust :)


and it's like "can i get more plums tomorrow?" haha.

aliya azizan said...

luv this poem too.i found it in the 'life on the refrigerator door' novel by alice kuippers.

katakmelayu said...

because of its honesty...

someone.. said...

dah tau benda tu salah... dia wat jgk... pastu dia mtk maaf dgn tidak sepenuh keihklasan... huhu..

yasmin said...

rosman, i agree. it IS kinky.

Anonymous said...

i felt it in my mouth - everything!

ps ..and i'm eating my grapes as i'm writing this ...

akuzle said...

lorrr, like that arr?....

Yati Paseng said...

Hello Kak Yasmin,

Sipenulis melindungi kenakalannya dengan berpura-pura jujur...

Audrey said...

It was awesome that you took the time to stop by Sunway and sharing a thing or two in a very hilarious yet real way about your films and Malaysia.

I didn't get to shake your hand cause of all the other students lining up for your autograph. I was the one with blue striped t-shirt.

Anyways, the shake was simply to say, big fan here.

Regards,
Audrey

yasmin said...

yati, EXACTLY!

audrey, it was an honour for me to have been invited.

atikah abd wahid said...

i find it weird that people think this is sweet. hahaa. i think it's a bit on the cheeky side. taunting. saving for breakfast... it implied he probably ate it in the middle of the night. heh.

yasmin said...

i think a little cheekiness with someone you love can be sweet, no? it's these little things that make you remember them after they're gone.

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pah nur said...

I know what you mean Yasmin. It's like when I snitch my hubby's underwear and wear them for the day, and making sure he finds out. When confronted, I'd just give my smug smile as if to say, "I am wearing your underwear, so?" ;-D

andy gomes said...

mak,
that is very much like in your movies.
family members always teasing one another.....manja betul=)

yasmin said...

andy, precisely! i once told my husband that unless a person understands this simple poem, they will find the family scenes in my film mengada-ada.

yasmin said...

pah nur, that is REALLY naughty! i love it!

Izman said...

its pretty simple..
cuba terjemahkan ke bhs melayu n make it more everyday-life lines

'sedap ah buah kt peti sejuk tu,
ko punye ehh? sorry la..
aku termakan semalam
sedap btol la...'

fhm2 je la...

veii said...

Mischief managed..

yasmin said...

izman, that's brilliant!

Amir Muhammad said...

First read this in a book which wanted us to appreciate how the poem in a 'concrete' way imitated the form of 3 notes stuck on a fridge.

But I imagined the narrator to be an impish, faux-naif woman, in the Audrey Hepburn mould. I could just hear her dragging out the 'delicious' and 'cold.'

andy gomes said...

mak,
i remember u telling me that "bukak api" is one of your favourite movies.
i just saw the last 30 minutes of it.
a very brave and unapologetic movie.

a puppet without a string said...

Simple poem. I like it, when I read it somehow it reminds me of Adam & Eve. It's quite kinky too. =]

BTW, you should pay a visit to limkokwing uni, your movie, Gubra was one of our screenings, under national cinema. Sepet was screened for the censorship issues though.

You've no idea how people from my class, globally adore your work after that. =] talented. smart. good sense of humor.

yasmin said...

lkw never invited me to speak. sunway college did. we had a great time!

Katrina said...

Just drop by 2 say that I attented ur talk and its aawesome. I'm frm the performing arts course and find ur films and advertisements very interesting and it inspires me alot.
Thanks for dropping by:D

Nicole Connelly Yeoh said...

this poem is indeed kinky! looks like he left it for his Lolita-esque lover! and he doesn't sound genuinely apologetic, I can feel an air of triumph in the lines.
fun and interesting poem, thanks for sharing, kak yasmin!

yasmin said...

not sure about the lolita-esque bit, nicole. i think perhaps someone he's been with a long time, someone of the same age, would've understood the prank better.

Kris Law said...

Dear Yasmin, do give some advise on how you deal with rude people.

I've encountered a very rude casting director recently. All in:

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Shaista said...

My younger brother loves this poem - he recites it to my father; my father always keeps fruit in the fridge in a special place. He lost his sight some years ago, so he likes to know where things are. My younger brother loves to eat my father's fruit, with none of the sense of guilt I would feel! And he does so in such a happy, cheeky manner, he is always forgiven :)

yasmin said...

how old is your brother, shaista?

MSEC17 said...

Hi Kak Min! nice to meet you here! & this is a good place to chat & HANG AROUND RIGHT? Feel close with you here.
Thank you for coming to Sunway-U, and thank you for the great time we shared here! it couldn't happen without your presence.
I 200% agree with you that the blue furry monster is exactly classic. I cried many times too! everytime i watch, everytime i cried...hahaha....!
I love your movie, i will screen them for our students too! Kak Min, got copy right problem or not if we screening in house in campus?
For the little poem you post, i like it too! it feels manja and deep happy,secure in relationship that you know even you are naughty and manja in that relationship, you are being loved and accepted so well! i like it. great sense of happiness and sweet between family members, how great it is to have this kind of relationship in real life.
- jenny, Sun-U.

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Nicole Connelly Yeoh said...

while i was google-ing for this poem, there is people saying that williams actually wrote 2 more verses for this poem:

I am sorry but
if you really
wanted them

you would have put
your name
on them.

kinda funny, non?

yasmin said...

yes, it is kinda funny, nicole, but i think it took genius to remove those lines. the cheekiness in those omited lines was already inherent in the final shorter version.

Nicole Connelly Yeoh said...

haha, yes indeed, those lines aren't necessary. this poem is so short and sweet and we can even modify it to create our version :)
i did a version about wearing my mum's lipstick sneakily when i was a kid =p
This Is Just To Say

I wore
your Chanel Rouge
that were in
the vanity box
and which
you probably
never wore before

Forgive me
it was seductive
so rich
and so luscious

yasmin said...

hehe! cute. and vivid, too. i see pictures.

adee said...

have you watched a film called Little Red Flowers? It's one of the cheekiest film I've watched by far. It reminded me of your films with kids in it;like mukhsin and orked, the tan hong ming commercial.BEST! I've finally found what kind of film subject matter I love the most.:D

Vernon Kedit-Jolly said...

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Drop by sometimes!

Vernon

Ps. Plums??? :-P

Beruang Madu said...

So simple to understand... bangun pagi tak usah fikir banyak banyak... ko makan jer....

anya said...

The plums looks great....( smacking lips)

Melissa Leng Lui said...

Thank you Miss for coming to Sunway !

I have always wanted to be in the filming industry and yes i will !
I was one of those 'multimedia' - what the hell is multimedia again?? students haha ! :)

Thank you ! You and your work is very inspiring !

-Melissa

cLaiRe Bennet said...

Kak Yasmin, i would love to re post the poem in my blog. love it so much. very cheeky & kinky :)

yasmin said...

oh, please do, claire!

-LySa- said...

i love it too..;)..there is a hundred meanings which could could beneath it :)

yuhana said...

sgt jujur la sajak nie
cam jeles je kat penyajak nie
dia dh mamam n wat cam xbersalah
hahaha cute!!

^_^

yuhana

DON'T TELL ME said...

so sweet
and so cold

hmm mcm tergantung
rasa nak suruh sambung je

btw,
ya, this is cute.

Nirmala said...

Lesson learned from the poem : always leave a dont-eat-me note on delicious plums in the icebox!! But seriously, this piece represents the authors humble sense of honesty...

mr baker said...

expression of guilt for having fully taking something that was never given in full.

mr baker said...

expression of guilt for having fully taken something that was never given in full.

aNNdiNN said...

my lecturer, DR.NORA gave us in the 'note' form 1st & got us to speculate on the incident. When she then later gave the same words in a poem form, we were so surprised & i immediately love dat poem! ;)

Wallaby the Meli said...

HONESTY AND DIRECTNESS. THE AUTHOR DOES NOT HIDE.

Anonymous said...

Kak Yasmin,

Instinct acted
Desire fulfilled
Temptation satisfied
Triumphant enjoyed
Thought done
Visual imaged
Taste lingered
Touch sensed

So little words, so much of human can do being wrap into.

Evil some may say, but doesn't that makes human just a little more complete? Sin-less human is no human. :-)

Love the world you painted for us.

Jin (It's my name and I wished, but no, I'm not a jin)