John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton
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Poet's Corner: To A Frustrated Poet

To A Frustrated Poet

This is to say
I know
You wish you were in the woods,
Living the poet life,
Not here at a Formica topped table
In a meeting about perceived inequalities in the benefits and
     allowances offered to employees of this college,
And I too wish you were in the woods,
Because it's no fun having a frustrated poet
In the Dept. of Human Resources, believe me.
In the poems of yours that I've read, you seem ever intelligent
     and decent and patient in a way
Not evident to us in this office,
And so, knowing how poets can make a feast out of trouble,
Raising flowers in a bed of drunkenness, divorce, despair,
I give you this check representing two weeks' wages
And ask you to clean out your desk today
And go home
And write a poem
With a real frog in it
And plums from the refrigerator
So sweet and so cold.

R. J. Ellmann

OK, I get the references to William Carlos Williams's "This Is Just To Say," but what's the deal with the frog? Is that a reference to another Williams poem with which I'm unfamiliar?

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