At first glance this poem seems rather innocent, as if the poet is writing the poem as an apology for eating the plums. The first two stanzas seem very direct and simple. “and which / you were probably / saving / for breakfast” sounds like something you might find in one of Robert Frost’s more light hearted poems. But the final stanza seems somehow different. First, with the capitalization of “Forgive me” standing out from the other two stanzas. This seems to make the reader pause from the flow of the rest of the poem, and focus on that line. Second, the contrast between “they were delicious / so sweet” and the final line “and so cold” seems to be a message that the poet is trying to convey. I read it as the callousness (or coldness) human nature has against sharing, but how the plum eater feels just the same of stealing—a bitter sweet moment of reward and regret.
How did you read it?