William Carlos Williams

This is Just to Say

I have eaten

the plums

that were in

the icebox


and which

you were probably


for breakfast


Forgive me

they were delicious

so sweet

and so cold


William Carlos Williams



The Great Figure


Among the rain

and lights

I saw the figure 5

in gold

on a red





to gong clangs

siren howls

and wheels rumbling

through the dark city.

William Carlos Williams


The Red  Wheelbarrow


so much depends



a red wheel



glazed with rain



beside the white



William Carlos Williams


These beautiful poems (and others) are printed on the endpapers of a picture book biography of this poet.  It is called A River of Words:  The Story of William Carlos Williams.   It is written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.  I recommend it very, very highly. 


I think that it’s so important for young people to understand that writers, artists, and other accomplished people have interesting personal stories; they are people like everyone else.  The story of this poet/pediatrician is particularly interesting to me.  His work is widely studied and did much to free writers from strict constraints of rhythm and rhyme.