Poetry Friday: “The Ballad of a Lost Ice Cream Cone”

poetryfridaybutton-fulllAs you may know, I’m spending each day this week at the beach with my wife and kids while she’s on vacation. So in keeping with that theme, I present this summertime story! For all of today’s Poetry Friday links and info, visit my fellow Poet’s Garage member, Buffy Silverman, at Buffy’s Blog!

The Ballad of a Lost Ice Cream Cone

Ice cream cone, ice cream cone,
once in my hand –
what are you doing down there in the sand?
Moments ago, such a fine, tasty treat…
now you’re covered in sprinkles that no one would eat.

Ice cream cone, ice cream cone,
sweet on my tongue –
one lick too many, and suddenly flung
out of my grip and without any sound
landed softly right there, upside-down on the ground.

Ice cream cone, ice cream cone,
I’m on my knees –
let me try rinsing you off, if you please.
Wait, what is this?  Oh, I’ve caused a disaster!
The water is making you melt even faster!

Ice cream cone, ice cream cone,
once in my clutch,
why did you leave me?  I miss you so much!
Into the ocean, so swiftly you slip…
I just hope the fish all like chocolate chip.

© 2011, Matt Forrest Esenwine


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10 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “The Ballad of a Lost Ice Cream Cone”

  1. Oh my goodness, did this make me smile! When we were kids my grandparents used to take us to get ice cream after our annual lake swim. Without a doubt, my brother would drop his cone to the ground every time. I think everyone can relate to this.

    Loved the rhythm of your lines.

    1. Thank you, all! I just got back from my week away at the beach, so I haven’t been able to respond until now…but I appreciate you all taking the time to stop by & comment!

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