Created: 5th May, 2023


A marshmallow feels soft

and lightly powdered

like a grandmother’s cheek.

A full bag is like a pillow

filled with little pillows.


Once I put a few white marshmallows

On a big blue plate and thought,

They’re partly cloudy!


Most find marshmallows too

sweet, too sticky inside,

like the edge of a Post-it note

where someone wrote,

Don’t bother!


© Ted Kooser & Connie Wanek, from Marshmallow Clouds, Walker 2022