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Milk Toast


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Milk Toast

I hate the vile stuff.
My Mom's favorite,
She thought it a treat.
My brother and I would cringe 
at the cacophony of the words,
"I'll make you some milk toast."

Pasty white bread that stuck
to the roof of your mouth, 
barely browned and slathered 
with margarine that yesterday 
we squeezed in the plastic bag
to make the red dot 
turn the white grease yellow
to look like butter.

A stingy sprinkle of sugar
then torn into bite sized chunks, 
the toast was smashed into a glass
to have warmed milk dumped on top. 
It turned into soggy, bland Gluck
that disintegrated in your mouth 
and left a greasy film 
on your tongue.  

Just the other night my brother and I 
were laughing remembering
Mama and her Milk Toast.
                    ~~Judi Van Gorder
 

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

For permission to use this work you can write to Tinker1111@icloud.com

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  • 2 weeks later...

I think it was a Depression thing.  My Mom was a child of the Depression and it was a great treat her Mom gave her as a kid.   When we were little she gave it to us a lot as an after school snack and I don't think she got it that we both hated it.  We dutifully ate it and as we got older and fixed out own after school snacks we just silently eliminated it as an option.  

~~Tink

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

For permission to use this work you can write to Tinker1111@icloud.com

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