FMF: Thirteen

Ice cream, Michelle Tsang, unsplash

We All Scream for Ice Cream

We all scream for ice cream—
Yes, I scream, and you scream.
It isn’t bad manners
To throw out our banners

With incessant chatter
For food so delightful
That freezes gray matter
Consumed by the bite full.

To throw out our banners,
It isn’t bad manners.
Yes, I scream, and you scream,
We all scream for ice cream.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your bowl and spoon!


Copyright © 2018 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved

Today’s poem was written for the Five-Minute-Friday Link-up: THIRTEEN. While my topic has nothing to do with the number thirteen, my poem does have thirteen lines.

Some friends of ours are coming over to the house tonight for dinner, a game, and a movie. Last night we were on the phone confirming our plans, and as we got ready to say good night, I mentioned that I was going to write a poem before going to bed. My friend said, “Write a poem about ice cream,” and half joking, half serious, I said I would. My friend made me promise not to use any “high-falutin’ words,” and I agreed.

However, Mr. Sandman put up a fight and won, and I went to bed without writing the promised poem. Today I killed two birds with one stone: I kept my verbal promise to my friend and wrote a poem that I could share on Five-Minute Friday.

Here is the scansion for the poem, in case you are interested…

title must have 6 syllables
poem consists of 3 rhyming quatrains with 6 syllables per line plus a single line of 12 syllables
3rd stanza = 1st stanza in reverse
concluding line of 12 syllables represents total number of lines
poem must be centered
rhyme scheme: A¹A²B¹B² ccdd B²B¹A²A¹ x
Note: I changed the rhyme scheme of the second stanza from ccdd to cdcd

Photo courtesy of Michelle Tsang and Unsplash

6 thoughts on “FMF: Thirteen

    • Thank you, Lesley. We definitely had some ice cream that night with our friends.

      I’ve sort of become obsessed with learning new forms. These days I just about can’t write a poem without choosing a form first. 🙂 It adds another dimension to the challenge.


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