Marshmallow Test by G. Louis Heath

The famous experiment gave pre-schoolers a marshmallow.
Eat it now and enjoy, or wait 15 minutes and get another.

Some started eating right away, putting others in agony…
watching. They twisted and turned, talked to each other,

looked away, trying to endure. Some made it. Some ate.
One child proved very unique. He saved, saved, and saved.

And saved some more. He never ate his fluffy sweet. Today,
his secretary gives him a marshmallow on the quarter-hour.

Like clockwork, he adds each to the suite of sweets the
corporation he leads provides him. Should s’more be said?

G. Louis Heath
G. Louis Heath, Ph.D., Berkeley, 1969, is Emeritus Professor, Ashford University. Clinton, Iowa. He enjoys reading his poems at open mics. He often hikes along the Mississippi River, stopping to work on a poem he pulls from his back pocket, weather permitting. His books include Leaves Of Maple, Long Dark River Casino, and Redbird Prof: Poems Of A Normal U, 1969-1981. He has published poems in a wide array of journals, including Eunoia, Episteme, Black Poppy Review, Lunaris Review, Indiana Voice Review, Whispers, Dead Snakes, Raw Dog Press, Weird Reader, Literary Yard, and Houseboat Literary Magazine.

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