Poetry in Motion


To a Poor Old Women

William Carlos Williams

munching a plum on
the street a paper bag
of them in her hand

They taste good to her
They taste good
to her. They taste
good to her

You can see it by
the way she gives herself
to the one half
sucked out in her hand

a solace of ripe plums
seeming to fill the air
They taste good to her

"To a Poor Old Woman" from Collected Poems 1909-1939, Volume I by William Carlos Williams. Copyright © 1938 by New Directions Publishing Corporation. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.