Roasted Marshmallows – A Poetry Sample

Snow and frost: the winter cost. Count what’s lost, and to end has crossed.

Ah, the joys of poetry! So many possibilities and wonders! Endless fantasy and cruel reality combined. Whatever you want is possible with it. There are no limits.

This original piece is a memory, a memoir. I look back to campfire days on Ontario beaches. Back when the family sat watching fireworks, sucking popsicles, going swimming, and finally gazing upon the sunset over the deep blue lake. I hope you enjoy.

To find a stick that’s long and straight,
Not seabay rotten or fishing bait,
Bare feet on bare rocks, eyes on both,
Kids scout for branch in starlight, in late.

For a seat not smokey or over a squirrel that came,
The play at the campfire begins the same.
Across the sea fireworks spark,
All watch and balance white treats over flame.

The men tend the fire, the kids their desert,
Two or three families are peaceful, not hurt.
They run on sharp beach or dawdle in water,
Then come back to save their work from the burnt.

Chatting happily under moonrise and sunset,
Women order guilt pleasures from their young chefs.
They eagerly wait, while they eagerly bake,
Then give to their mothers the goodies they made.

The father’s grab newspapers and lakegift limbs,
Then head to the forest to heave logs and trims.
Lighters and laughter bring out the flames,
They blow and they blaze then talk over whims.

Finally, at last, the delights are done;
Children prepare them under falling sun;
Roasted marshmallows in mouths, in hair,
Roasted marshmallows in hearts everywhere.

Last post’s riddle solution: You are the bus driver, remember? What color are your eyes?

This post’s riddle (this is the hardest riddle yet): John has three daughters who are all unmarried. The youngest always lies, the oldest always tells the truth, and the one in the middle either tells the truth or lies. A very rich young man comes to John’s house and says he wishes to marry one of his daughters. Naturally he wants to marry the oldest or the youngest so he will always know if she is lying or telling the truth. However, they all look the same age. John agrees to the proposal but says the man can only ask one of the girls a yes or no question to decide which one he marries.

What one question does he ask one of the daughters at random to figure out which daughter is the youngest or oldest?

Good luck!

To God be the glory.


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