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La Guimauve Flaming

I had a French friend named Baptiste
Who wanted to go camping one night
We all thought it a great idea
If only we'd been right

Roast duck on the fire was nice
And the beer was easy to swallow
But some fool had the awesome idea
To roast on the flames...a marshmallow

I don't care for them myself
So I told a story as the others ate
And watched closely as by brother's mallow
Burned a flame that would not abate

"Bon appetit!", he said
As he whipped the stick back and forth
But alas, the flame burned brighter
And melted the mallow more

So with a final hard swing to extinguish the flame
It came off...how it did scoot!
Like a shooting star, it flew over the fire
It was marshmallow...sur la route

"C'est magnifique!", I thought
I'd never seen a marshmallow fly
But to my surprise, and my brother's demise
It hit Baptiste, right in the eye

For a moment, he looked like a demon
With an oozing eye of flame
But as in slow motion, his chair toppled backwards
And that's when the awful screams came

He clawed like a madman at the mallow
His fingers and hands it did sear
It was I that jumped in, to save my dear friend
And poured in his face...my beer

Soon after, Baptiste was in the hospital
My brother...worse...home with my dad
And I, alone by the fire
Thinking, "That wasn't so bad."

"It's nights like these I remember the most."
"But my brother...votre cul est toast!"


* Translation--
bon appetit--good appetite (eat well)
c'est magnifique--it's magnificent
votre cul est toast--his but is toast

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  1. Date: 9/11/2012 5:27:00 PM
    good poem about every day life, very enjoyable.

  1. Date: 9/1/2012 11:31:00 AM
    CALEB, , Congratulations, with your awesome entry in DEBBIE'S Bi-Lingual Poetry CONTEST.. All these entries were fun to read.. thank you for the entertainment, ta ta ~PD

  1. Date: 8/30/2012 8:32:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win, Caleb! A hilarious write...beer would definitely extinguish le guimauve.:) A fun read, thanks for the smiles! Best wishes, Mikki

  1. Date: 8/30/2012 7:03:00 PM
    I just loved this story! It brought me back to my own backyard and 8 and roasting marshmellows and OWIE flaming marshmellow on skin is BAD! Thanks Caleb for the fine entry. HOPe you enter my new contest? Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 8/30/2012 10:43:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Debbie Guzzi's "Bi-Lingual Poetry" contest Caleb. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/30/2012 7:11:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Caleb , not seen you around for a while or just missed you xx

  1. Date: 8/29/2012 10:01:00 PM
    I've heard that those marshmelons burn something fierce. Congratulations on your winning poem.

  1. Date: 7/16/2012 9:58:00 PM
    wow, what a tale of misadventure at the camp site. I sure do love those flaming marshmallows though. I get them nice and black . Just love them that way. Do you dare look at another toasted mallow??

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 12:14:00 PM
    It was such a pleasure to read your poetry today Caleb. I hope to be able in the next few weeks to find the time and energy to read and comment. May you walk through the garden of inspiration and continue to write and share your poetry with us. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 8:47:00 AM
    Caleb, very well written ... like it....good. - oxox Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 7/10/2012 4:32:00 PM
    Hello : Cable... duck and beer...lol...glad I'm not a man.. Your story is very interesting some..thoughts are sad... still thank you for having me captive from beginning to end. ... sorry to say I don't speak French... love pd