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Roasting Marshmallows


By Christy MunsonPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 1 min read
Roasting Marshmallows
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In the fall

the caretaker will rake leaves from atop your grave

the leaves will be taken to a giant pile

and there they will be cremated


In the spring and summer

the caretaker will mow grass from atop your grave

the grass will be taken to a giant pile

and there it will crisp and writhe in cool blue flame


In the winter

the caretaker will chop trees to make room for your new neighbors

the wood will be taken to a giant pile

and there it shall rage eternal against the cold, desolate night sky


and over that raging campfire

the caretaker will warm his hands while roasting marshmallows

and telling stories of ghosts

and haunted graveyards


Copyright © 04/28/1987 by Christy Munson. All rights reserved.

Author's Note: This poem previously was published in a collegiate literary magazine and earned that university's annual top prize for excellence in poetry.


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Christy Munson

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  • Alex H Mittelman about a month ago

    Id gladly come back as a ghost to haunt the caretaker! I’d steal his marshmallows too! 😀 well written!

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