Toasting Marshmallows

By Kristine O'Connell George b. 1954 Kristine O'Connell George
I am a careful marshmallow toaster,
a patient marshmallow roaster,
turning my stick oh-so-slowly,
taking my time, checking often.
This is art---
a time of serious reflection
as my pillowed confection
slowly reaches golden perfection.
My brother
            grabs ‘em with grubby hands
                        shoves ‘em on the stick
                                    burns ‘em to a crisp
                                                cools ‘em off
                                                            flicks soot
                                                                        eats quick.
I’m still turning my stick.
He’s already eaten six.

Kristine O’Connell George, "Toasting Marshmallows" from Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems. Copyright © 2001 by Kristine O’Connell George. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Source: Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)

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Poet Kristine O'Connell George b. 1954


Subjects Activities, Eating & Drinking, Nature


Born in Denver, children’s author Kristine O’Connell George earned a BS at Colorado State University. She began writing children’s poems in earnest after taking a class with poet Myra Cohn Livingston at the UCLA Writer’s Program.

George’s poems for children offer accessible, humorous, and lyrical perspectives on everyday objects, animals, and moments. Her numerous books of poetry for children include Emma Dilemma: Big Sister . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, Eating & Drinking, Nature


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