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Fast Food

by Timothy Tocher
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Fast Food by Timothy Tocher

When it comes to barbecue,
my uncle Len’s the boss.
He doesn’t follow recipes,
but mixes his own sauce.
He won’t tell the ingredients,
not even to my aunt.
When others try to equal it,
they soon find out they can’t.
Spicy, hot, and sugary,
it’s even good on fish.
In fact, my uncle Lennie claims
it sweetens any dish.
I thought I’d put it to the test
on good old Cousin Herm.
When nobody was looking
I spread sauce upon a worm.
I spooned the worm onto his plate
and told him it was ready
He watched it crawl away and said,
“I don’t eat live spaghetti.”

  — Timothy Tocher

Copyright © 2009. All Rights Reserved. From What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Kids' Favorite Funny Summer Vacation Poems. Running Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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About this Poem

Poems about yucky food are a staple in poetry books for children. My contribution to the genre came from the term “fast food”. What if the food really was speedy – even after preparation?

From What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Kids' Favorite Funny Summer Vacation Poems

What I Did on My Summer Vacation is the first funny poetry book about summer vacation! It will entertain kids all summer, whether they’re away at camp, traveling cross country in a hybrid or staying home with a bookshelf full of good summer reading. It contains over 40 sidesplitting poems about summer vacation that cover everything from the much-anticipated last day of school to family road trips, wacky days at summer camp, learning how to swim, dizzying roller coaster rides at amusement parks, fun-filled days at the beach, and finally, the dreaded first day of school. These hilarious poems are sure to make you count the days until summer vacation begins!

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About the Author

Timothy Tocher is the author of five, sports themed books for middle grade readers. He writes short stories, poems, and nonfiction articles for all ages. His poems for children have been published in England, Ireland, Germany, and Singapore.

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