"This Is Just To Say..." [The Apology Challenge]

by ♠Ana Cristina♥
originally published at 11:32PM on Saturday, April 19, 2008

NPR ran a program today about the William Carlos Williams poem, “This Is Just To Say,” and had people reading their own version of a “This Is Just To Say” poem. I thought it would make a pretty neat challenge, and as this very ficlet also happens to be my 400th, I thought it would be a great way to commemorate that, too.

So here’s your challenge. Take the title and make it the first line of your ficlet. Your ficlet must be written in the form of an apology. Whether the apology is sincere or not is up to you. I will also leave the genre open to whatever you decide. It doesn’t have to be a poem – it can be a play, a story, whatever. Be creative! I look forward to your entries.

I will judge on May 1st. Below I have posted the poem by William Carlos Williams for your inspiration and enjoyment.

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




  • from Melia:

    Nice one! And congrats on 400 ficlets you prolific person you :)

  • from Laine the Grey:

    Brilliant! I love NPR … and PRI , and APR ….

  • from Music-Hearted:

    I love that poem so much. I will definitely enter this challenge, it’s a great idea. Congrats on 400 ficlets!

  • from Russell Ruffino:

    That’s a lot of Ficlets! Congratulations!

  • from thebetweenspace:

    Great challenge! Congrats on being so incredibly prolific. 400 ficlets and you never sacrifice the quality! Looks like I’m first to enter. :)

  • from Kermitgorf:

    Congrats on 400 ! and that poem is ordinary.. guess I dont apreciate poetry enuuf to ‘get it’.
    I like the apology challenge.

  • from ♠Ana Cristina♥:

    Thanks, guys! I look forward to reading your entires. :-)

  • from Mistress Elsha Hawk:


  • from Capital "W" Writer (LoA's Geekus Awesomeus):

    400?! Wow! Congrats, Ana Cristina. I’m just pushing 300, myself.
    Well, I’m going to have to do some thinking on this one.

  • from Saint Chuck:

    Aw jeez I’ve been on this site for almost a year and still haven’t hit 100. But congrats on your awesome feat!
    And great challenge ide!

  • from llamaluvsmenotu:

    sick poem!! i would have eaten them plums too

  • from uselessness:

    Okay, I wrote an entry of my own. Great challenge! And congrats on the astronomical number of stories, that’s pretty insane. ;-)

  • from Valley Fey/Pinprick:

    Oh, I love this poem, and the challenge. Congratulations on 400 ficlets, wow! I had to at least attempt.

  • from Blusparrow:

    I am so in! I have an awesome apology!

  • from OrangeOreos:

    That’s strange!

    I’ve read that poem before, but I can’t remember where….

    Well, If I can think of an idea, I’ll definitely enter this challenge!


  • from THX 0477:

    Wow, looks like this challenge took off like gangbusters! Congrats on that. Now that it’s so far into it, I don’t want to seem like a follower by entering. Maybe I’ll write one May 2nd, just to be odd.

  • from One Time, One Chance:

    sweet challenge.
    i totally need to come back to this, after homework and such.=]

  • from Tad Winslow:

    Wonderful challenge. I love that poem, its so concise and simple. I’m entering as soon as I can type it.

  • from Francine:

    thanks for reading my work and congrats on all of your ficlets, I was checking them out earlier they are really good. specially the ones about the future, real creative.
    I also have a question, is it one entre per person or can we sumbit more than one?

  • from Francine:

    thanks for reading my work and congrats on all of your ficlets, I was checking them out earlier they are really good. specially the ones about the future, real creative.
    I also have a question, is it one entre per person or can we sumbit more than one?

  • from ♠Ana Cristina♥:

    Francine, you can submit as many times as you like. Thank you very much for reading my stuff, and welcome to the wonderful world of Ficlets!

  • from J.B. Williams:

    It’s gonna be interesting to see what I come up with for this one. Great challenge super teacher/spy.

  • from YodaOnCrack:

    Super cool – awesome, Cristina – I hope to find time for this one…

  • from Music-Hearted:

    Hey, thanks for reading! Glad you like the new pen name. This was a really fun challenge to do.

  • from THX 0477:

    Couldn’t resist putting in an entry now, not with the idea I got into my head. Sigh, guess I’m just another challenge sheep. Baaa.

  • from Misheru O'ku:

    congrats on reaching 400 ficlets! you are truly an inspiration! i will see what i can come up with :)

  • from ♠Ana Cristina♥:

    Thank you to all who entered, read and commented on the entries, and a great big hug for all of your kind comments on my reaching 400 ficlets. It’s thanks to your challenges (and my own competitive spirit :p) that I’ve written so much on this site.

  • from Tad Winslow:

    wow 400, you are awesome! I absolutely forgot to enter this challenge after my excited comment, I don’t really know how that happened, I must have been on snooze control one late night—sleep walking and ficleting maybe? Way to go winners and those honorably mentioned!

  • from Mighty-Joe Young:

    that is my favorite poem of all time did you know his wife published a response to it? my little brother had a teacher just a few weeks ago give him an assignment to write a story that explained the note.

  • from Alexa ♥:

    Awesome challenge. I know I missed it, but I may enter anyway.
    And congrats on your 400th ficlet. Quite an accomplishment.

  • from One Time, One Chance:

    gaudd i can’t believe i didn’t enter until noww… grrrr.