The Emperors of Ice Cream Vans

Who wouldn’t think of Wallace Stephens on a Sunday morning? But it’s not intimations of immortality, but that catchy line ‘the emperor of ice cream.’ The prompt for today from 30 Days of Summer Writing Challenge is all over ice cream. Or other cold, sweet treats. Did I consider a sonnet to Vienneta? Or an ode to a root beer float? No.

Many years ago in Scotland there were ice cream van turf wars. That is the inspiration to supplement Stephen’s.

 The Emperors of Ice Cream Vans

That summer warred with itself
and anyone caught in its crossfire.
The jingle tinkled over
whole neighbourhoods, crossing their borders,
offering to make it sweet,
to guarantee smooth, cool from the heat.

It's hotter than Hell's Kitchen.
Give us ice! Make it with sugar, cream!
Put it in a wafer teat. Ohhhh!
Mamma! Save us from the emperors,
the fires they have unleashed,
the fury in the jangle of their speech.


Copyright © 2019 Bee Smith. All rights reserved

Featured Photo by Florencia Viadana on Unsplash

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