Ruth Walters


A Marmite Sandwich - Poem by Ruth Walters

Maggie always made me feel small,
she was always on the defence,
could never talk quietly.

She was the thistle in my side,
the carbuncle on my bottom,
the maggot in my crisp, Cox's apple.

I'd watch her bully her way through the day,
though I marvelled at her techniques
as I could never quell her and it rankled.

Next time, next time, I'd know just how to answer,
give as good as I got, tell her off,
but the next time I was as silly as the first.

Maggie always made me feel bad,
made me feel dull, ridiculous and stupid.
She was the Marmite sandwich

that was supposed to be jam
that your nasty aunt made you swallow
as it's rude to spit out.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Don't we all have one of these in our lives?

Comments about A Marmite Sandwich by Ruth Walters

  • Darlene Walsh (8/12/2015 6:36:00 PM)


    Loved the poem but I had to look up Marmite. It sounds a bit gross to me, but I guess some people love it. Very appropriate title for this poem. Well written and nice rhyming. (Report) Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (7/31/2015 12:20:00 AM)


    i liked the 3-line stanzas even though the 'last stanza' was cut in two.

    there are signs this was written by a person in the country which once 'ruled' MY COUNTRY...... 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty. of thee i sing! ! ! i won't hold it against her; she probably was born after 1776.

    another great poem. very interesting and well-told! it shall go (has already gone in fact) to MyPoemList and in the August showcase.

    favorite lines:

    I'd watch her bully her way through the day,
    though I marvelled at her techniques
    as I could never quell her and it rankled.


    bri :)
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  • (8/21/2012 6:27:00 AM)


    Hopefully we out grow such people and our time in their presence. Find good people to be with and live and shine in the light while enjoying jam sandwiches on soft fresh bread with crunchy crusts. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 19, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, September 2, 2013


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