Son of a Dairy Queen

A Poem by Michael J Carter

Sweet toothed, corn fed
tout suite, Dilly Bar
chocolate dip, Banana Split
Hot Fudge Sundae, Peanut Buster
Parfait, Strawberry Shortcake,
Crunch Coat, Marshmallow,
Caramel, Butterscotch, Pineapple,
push-pop, Bomb Pop, soft-serve twist—
chocolate and vanilla capped
with a fetchingly perfect loop
a flourish added by pimply teens
the world over. Freezes, malts, shakes
sugar cone, waffle cone, waxed paper cup.
Red plastic spoons like antenna.
Cement tables stained with a Milky Way
of melted ice-cream constellated
with sprinkles scattered
under an orbit of bees and children like pilgrims
in the holy land of sweetness, joyous
and soon to be martyred for the cause.


BIO: Michael J Carter is a poet and clinical social worker who lives and works in Connecticut. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College he holds an MFA from Vermont College and an MSW from Smith. Poems of his have appeared in such journals as Boulevard, Ploughshares, Provincetown Arts Magazine among many others. He lives with his two hounds and spends his time swimming and knitting.

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