After the form of William Carlos Williams in his poem This Is Just To Say.
This is just to say…
1. This is just to say... I have ignited the roof of the apartment building That was under construction on Lakeshore Avenue And which you were Probably saving For highly profitable sale. Forgive me. It was Saturday morning So hot, and so unpleasant.* 2. This is just to say... I have spent all the bitcoin. That was in your account, And which you were probably saving for the economy crash. Forgive me It felt exciting: so instantaneous and so intangible 3. This is just to say... I have helped myself to the liqueur, That was in your cabinet. Which you were probably saving for after your business trip. Forgive me You were out of town, They were so visible, And so unattended. 4. This is just to say... I have exceeded the monthly data usage on your smartphone, Which you were probably saving for using Google Maps on your vacation Forgive me; The online game was addicting; so candy, and so crush. 5. This is just to say... I have stolen all the ideas from your manuscripts. Which you were probably saving for your debut Forgive me; The plot was dramatic so juicy, and So original. 6. This is just to say... I have reclaimed the personal agency that you have been corrupting, and were probably planning on dissolving completely. Forgive me I could not relinquish it It was too necessary, And too intrinsic. 7. This is just to say, I have reinvigorated the self-esteem you have lowered and which you were probably hoping to exploit. Forgive me; I am too beautiful, And too holy to be undone.
* From the perspective of the roofing labourer: https://infotel.ca/newsitem/fire-crews-battling-kelowna-structure-fire/it44111. He was working on a saturday, on a blazing summer day, and the briefest second of inattention had drastic consequences. Needless to say, I do not envy this person in this moment.
[This series of poems was created during the Ink & Dash poetry workshops that took place at the Red Couch Gallery in Kelowna, BC in summer 2017. They all utilize the beautiful and playful format taken from William Carlos Williams in his poem This Is Just To Say. The workshops were hosted by myself and the visionary Lesley-Anne Evans. Find her work here: https://laevans.ca/ https://metrocommunity.ca/story/the-red-couch-gallery]