This has got to be one of my favorites:
This Is Just To Say
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
(1934, William Carlos Williams, 1883 – 1963)
Those last three lines are exhilarating, with the “-cious,” “sw-“ and “so cold.” He didn’t even have to say “juicy.”
Each stanza has four beats by my count, making it more formal than free verse (which I don’t usually care for). The first two stanzas have twelve syllables; the third has thirteen—giving it the emphasis.
I also like how the title is part of the poem.
Was he really sorry?
—Robert Gotcher is a theologian from Milwaukee, where he and his wife have been raising their seven children, five of whom are out of the house, more or less. He is a recovering Beatlemaniac.