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Intriguing poem: TRIGGER for food references

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Ice Cream for I Scream
BY MARK WALDRON

It’s summer, and just the sunniest
of afternoons.

Outside the sanatorium,
in the arboretum, the attendees

are served their teas.
The strudel is toothsome

when Herr Stumpf, from the lectern,
contradicts the consensus

that I is for ice cream. No, now
he’s proposing that I’s for spaghetti,

all spaghetti, he avers,
being once alphabetti,

all spaghetti being once that capital I
that it is when it’s dry,

not the maddening doodle that it is
when it’s done and awry.

His audience listen,
but once he has spoken,

then beneath their applause
that’s not fulsome but token,

they don’t soften, no rather, they stiffen.

Source: Poetry (October 2018)
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