We were honored and delighted by the idea. We hadn’t done it before, because the poem’s still under copyright, so we can’t just plunk it on the page. You can see it here. Take a look – it’s very short, and you might already be familiar with it. It’s often parodied or imitated.
Lovely poem. Not such a good apology.
Generally, we say you should apologize for what you did, and to the person affected. Usually you should acknowledge the effect, and say why it won’t happen again.
Williams does not actually apologize or say sorry. The words “I apologize” or “I’m sorry” are not absolutely indispensable, but they are such powerful indicators of remorse that leaving them out is a bad sign.
He does say what he did. He took the plums! Knowing full well that the addressee’s breakfast schemes were probably being torpedoed. Thus he acknowledged the effect, too.
This poem may have come in the form of a note, or perhaps it was spoken to the person who can no longer deploy plums in their plans. (Probably his wife Flossie.) But it is addressed to them, so that’s good.
He asks for forgiveness, something which particularly maddens Snarly. They may forgive you, but you don’t get to demand it.
But will it happen again? I think it will. Look how the poem revels in the lovely cold fruit. You know he won’t resist next time. Basically, it looks to me like you cannot keep fruit around when William Carlos Williams is in the house.
He’ll do it again. He is not really sorry.