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this is just to say (spoof 2)

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

This week we revisit the famous and often spoofed poem: ‘This is just to say’ by William Carlos Williams. You can read the first comic spoof I did and more on the subject here. To refresh your memory, the original poem goes like this:

THIS IS JUST TO SAY by William Carlos Williams

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

I invite you to write your own ‘this is just to say’ poems. There are no syllables to count. It’s more about the sentiment and frankness I think. As usual, just have fun!

Before I leave you to it, I have to tell you about my awesome weekend shopping spree. You are going to be so jealous when you see what I scored.


It’s a rusty can!

But this is no ordinary rusty can. This rusty can has old cloves powder or rust flakes or something still inside and it’s like a zillion years old or from the 1930’s or something and the snazzy label is all discolored and peeling off. Yeah, it’s pretty special and it’s all mine!

Antique Can of Rajah Ground Cloves

Antique Can of Rajah Ground Cloves

In addition to the can, I bought some vintage Barbie doll clothes. I know they wont fit, but I’ve been working out and maybe one day…or I’ll use them on future art dolls. They were more pricey than my beautiful rusty can was so I only bought one badass, beat up jacket and a pair of black lace tights. Check it out:

Vintage Doll Booty

Vintage Doll Booty

I scored these goodies at a big antique fair that came to town. It was really fun and incredibly inspiring. My purpose in going was really just to invite my mom out for the day to something I knew she would really enjoy but I ended up like a little kid squealing with delight at all the crazy weird old stuff.

My favorite categories were the old tins of medicines and bug poison and such. They have great artwork and fonts and the wording really strikes me as funny. I also fell in love with the toys, particularly the old tin ones with very simple mechanics and the beat up odd dolls were pretty amazing too. If I decide to start collecting anything it will be one of these. The Rajah can of cloves I bought is not for a collection. It was really cheap because it is so beat up (and full of character!) that I thought I might work it in to an art piece I have in mind. As of yet, I am not a collector of anything.

So, if you ever see an Antique show come rolling in to town, you might want to check it out. There are old guns and bullets and strange dusty books and creepy sculptures with clocks in their bellies and eyes that follow you and thigh shaped nutcrackers and primitive folk art and fancy hats and…well it’s probably safe to say there is something for everyone. It was like a museum that you could run around in and touch everything and nobody would scold you.

Here’s the sort of medicinal tins I fell in love with:

makes your liver shiny!

makes your liver shiny!

Here’s an example of an iron mechanical bank that fell under the ‘toys’ category I liked so much.

This Friday I’ll be at Tempus Projects, a gallery in Seminole Heights Tampa for an outdoor art vendor market from 7pm – 10 pm. I’ll have GingerDead cards in plenty of time for Valentine’s Day and a large assortment of illustrated polymer jewelry including lots of anatomical heart pieces. It’s supposed to finally warm up here by then, so it should be a lovely evening. Come say hello. 🙂

illustrated heart locket

illustrated heart locket

Please have a go at writing your own ‘This is just to say’ spoof. I look forward to reading them and shall see you next week!

<3 calan

11 Responses to “this is just to say (spoof 2)”

  1. Jennifer Zoellner Says:

    This is just to say
    I have mailed
    the typed love poem
    (to Canada)

    and which you
    probably weren’t expecting
    to receive

    But it had to be said,
    to be typed,

    So sweet on my

  2. Patrick Michael Says:


    I generally spurn
    the random excursions
    to the time vortex
    of the web,

    I decry my own footsteps
    trodding electric
    to bring sound forth
    as my voice.

    Yet this site, irresistable,
    so sweet,
    and delectable.

  3. Seraphine Says:

    do not make farts into this good night,
    old age should burn and rave upon on the toilet;
    rage, rage against the drying of your turds.

    though wise men in their rear know gas is right
    because their farts had forked no lightning they
    do not go gently into that chamber pot.

    good men, the last wave of nausia by, crying how hard
    Their frail stools might have danced in porcelain,
    rage, rage against the drying of their turds.

    wild men who caught and sang their shit in flight,
    and learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    do not go gently into that chamber pot.

    grave men, near death, who sit with cramping bowels,
    their feces blazing like meteors and being gay,
    rage, rage against the drying of their turds.

    and you, my father, there on the sad height,
    curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not make farts into this good night.
    rage, rage against the drying of your turds.

    (apologies to dylan thomas)

  4. anne Says:

    I understand
    the joy
    of ancient
    things that

    infect us

    And Rajah
    lives a bit longer
    on a rusted
    flaking can

  5. calan ree Says:

    wow! i’m floored at how great these poems are. they are not what i expected at all but i’m really enjoying reading them. usually the spoofs of that poem have the lackluster ‘forgive me’ in there somewhere but each of you just found your own inspiration and ran with it. thank you for taking the time to write and post. i know i always tell you thanks, but i hope you also know i truly do appreciate your contributions. xoxox

    jennifer – sooo beautiful

    patrick – i’m honored

    seraphine – holy crap (pun intended) that is a well done spoof!

    anne – that ending got me – lovely sentiment. i feel obliged to take extra care of that can now

  6. Chance Says:

    Wow, that rusty can does not disappoint.

  7. Steph Says:

    Hey! This is Steph – I met you at Tempus Projects. Just wanted to say hi and that I enjoy the comics. I found it hillarious your characters fear milk – because I have a milk bottle tattoo haha!
    My boyfriend loved the card and I hope to see you at more art receptions. 🙂

  8. calan Says:

    hi steph! thanks for stopping by to check out the comic. i’m sure we’ll meet again. i’ll probably do more events at tempus and will definitely be in the next Square One Event at the Ritz in Ybor in April. A milk bottle tattoo! I would love to know what made you choose a milk bottle, other than the cool shape.

  9. Chance Says:

    I like this outfit. She should wear it more often. 🙂

  10. calan Says:

    she does looks cute enough to snuggle! (but i don’t recommend that!)

  11. coraline Says:

    aww how cute!!! hahaha funny!!!!! imma do tht thiz winter to my brother…. he needs a good kicking

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