Originally aired on WMUB-FM, September 2008, “Purple Haze” was the winner a 2009 Public Radio News Directors, Inc. (PRINDI) award and Ohio Associated Press Award for best broadcast writing.
There appear to be two schools of thought on how to eat a plum. One, famously championed by the poet William Carlos Williams, was to raid the refrigerator first thing in the morning as recounted in his poem, “This Is Just to Say.”
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
Another approach to eating a plum is to randomly poke your thumb into any baked good that comes your way. A strategy that pays off for Little Jackie
[who] sat in the corner,
eating his Chirstmas pie
He stuck in his thumb and pulled out a plum
and said what a good boy am I.
For child and poet, the plum is a temptation to yield to. One that inspires minor crimes of passion in which one acts first and apologizes later….