dVerse Poets Pub, ice cream, poetry prompts, poetry sharing, poets around the globe, summer treats
Lillian here, delighted to host Tuesday Poetics! I don’t know how the weather’s been where you are, but this past week it was hotter than blazes in Boston, other parts of the US, and in the UK too. Some of the phrases I heard folks saying included:
You could fry an egg on the pavement!
It’s hot as hell outside! and
It’s like an oven in here (said inside our church on Sunday – it doesn’t have air-conditioning).
So what do you do when it gets hot? How about having an ice cream cone? You know that phrase, “I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream”? Well I can truly relate to that. So as I’m thinking about ice cream, I’m realizing I need to come up with a prompt for today’s poetics. And hmmmm . . . how about ice cream?
Did you know that Ben and Jerry’s original ice cream factory is in Waterbury, Vermont? For those of you not familiar with the brand, it’s very popular in the US. And you can actually tour the factory, get some free ice cream and walk through their graveyard for “retired” flavors. They have tombstones with the names of flavors, their contents, and the dates they were “born” and “died”. They have some of the most clever names for their flavors! Here’s a list of sixteen – with the dates they were available lest you think I’m making them up!
Change is Brewing – current
Half-Baked – created in 2000 -still going strong
Urban Bourbon – 2017 -still going strong
Coffee Coffee Buzzbuzzbuzz – current
Wavy Gravy – 1993 – 2001
Urban Jumble – 2000 -2001
Dastardly Mash – 1979 – 1991
Miz Jelena’s Sweet Potato Pie – 1992 – 1993
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – limited edition available July 18 to 25, 2008
Late Night Snack – 2010 – 2014
Imagine Whirled Peace – 2007 – 2013
Sugar Plum – 1989 – 1990
Cool Britannia – 1995 – 1998
Economic Crunch – only in 1987 during the stock market crash
This is Nuts 2001 – 2002
The challenge for today is to pick at least one of the ice cream flavors listed above, and use the words of the flavor in your poem. To be clear, the poem should NOT be about ice cream! You should use the words exactly as they’re written in the flavor: no words in between the words of the flavor; no changing the tense of the words, making them plural or possessive, and no changing the order of the words as they appear in the flavor. You may however, eliminate the capitalizations and punctuate as needed. Of course, I love double-dipper ice cream cones; and triple-dippers are even better! So if you’d like to use more than one flavor, be my guest!
By the way, my favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor is Chubby Hubby: vanilla malt ice cream with peanutty fudge-covered pretzels, and fudge and peanuty buttery swirls! But Chubby Hubby is not in the list.
New to dVerse? Need to be refreshed on the rules?
Here’s what to do:
- Write a poem on any topic in any poetic form, that includes at least one of the flavors of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in the list above. You must use the words exactly as they appear in the flavor name. No words in between them; no changing the tense of the words or making them plural or possessive. You may however, add punctuation before, between or after the words in the flavor.
- Post the poem to your blog AND add the exact URL for your poem to Mr. Linky below.
- REMEMBER to either TAG dVerse in your post, or include a link at the end of your poem that leads readers back to dVerse (https://dversepoets.com).
- If you do not TAG or include a link to dVerse at the end of your post, I will gently remind you to do so. After all, this will increase your readership and comments, and others will find dVerse and hopefully join in the fun. If you do not add the TAG or link after my reminder, I will remove your post from Mr. Linky. I do not want to do that! So please do include the TAG or link!
I’m looking forward to sharing some ice cream with you today!
Welcome to the pub, dVersers! In keeping with today’s theme, I’m offering an old-fashioned drink I used to have in what were then called “supper clubs”….a Brandy Alexander with Ice Cream. An absolutely yummy thick heady drink. For those of you who would like to go sans alcohol, I’ve gotten in a frappe (milkshake) machine and can make chocolate, strawberry, vanilla or banana frappes for you…or a chocolate malt.
LOOKING FORWARD to reading your posts today!
Lillian, this challenge is yummy enough to bring me out of my summer blog break!
I will definitely have a Brandy Alexander with Ice Cream. Thank you!
Coming right up, Helen! So nice to see you here….and oh yes….please do leave me a tip for my good service and your yummy drink. The only tips I accept are in poetic form 🙂 Looking forward to reading yours.
Hello Lillian and All. I love the flavor selections to write to and will link up in a bit. Thank you for hosting and for the offer of Brandy Alexander with Ice Cream. Sounds so tasty, I’ll have one to sip while writing, please.
Coming right up! They really are a fabulous drink in the summer….cold and frosty and much more tasty than a beer 🙂 Glad to see you here today!
Thank you, Lillian. YUM. Cheers!
Thank you for hosting, Lillian. You have me craving ice cream and milkshakes now! I might not get to this today. I’m SO behind on reading.
Not to worry, Merril. Tomorrow or use it for an upcoming OLN. I’ve read hardly any of the quadrilles….and will have to get to those after I read the poetics treats. Milkshake coming up for you!
Loved the prompt, Lillian 😀 I will have a chocolate frappe please. ❤❤
Chocolate frappe coming right up, dear friend. Looking forward to seeing what kinds of treats folks come up with for their poems…should be over a myriad of topics with the variety of flavors offered. Good to see you here! 🙂
A pleasure to be here 🍨🍨 Yes, I too am looking forward to everyone’s responses 😀
Thanks for hosting, Lill. I would love a frosty milkshake while I finish my poem. Any flavour will do. Finally getting a break from the heat here.
Yes…it’s only in the mid-80s today….still hot in direct sun but a far dry from the 100 degrees on Sunday!!! Chocolate milkshake coming right up! Good to see you here, my friend.
My favourite! Thanks!
Oh, delicious. What an excellent prompt.
I love the idea of a flavor graveyard! How fun. … My favorite was the clever “Imagine Whirled Peace.”
“Chubby Hubby.” LOL. I had not heard of that. 🙂
Banana-chocolate swirl is my favorite milkshake, by the way.
Mmmm…..banana chocolate milkshake coming right up!
Nice to see you here, Shawna! Looking forward to a poem from you 🙂
thanks for a prompt that put a smile on my face after a difficult work day.
only a short verse from me as heading to cool of in a bath back when i can to read.
Always happy to hand out smiles….as well as ice cream treats! 🙂
This was a cool one.. fun and challenging..
Glad you enjoyed!
Make mine a douboe scoop of Oat of this Swirl! Great prompt!
Glad you enjoyed the prompt!
Thank you for the prompt! Here’s mine: https://cognacproject.wordpress.com/2022/07/27/goodbye-yellow-brick-road/
A creative prompt Lillian, and i had to have ice-cream as a result, lol. Ben and Jerry’s has been available over here in recent years too but I haven’t yet encountered it (maybe now), this took me to the name and a visual of a person.
It is indeed yummy ice cream besides having clever names. Cherry Garcia is a very popular one here 😊
I get that reference, nice one.
Leyde Ryan said:
Interesting prompt…hope I understood the directions correctly: https://hourglasspoetry.com/2022/07/28/this-is-nuts-for-dverse/
Entering your poem into Mr. Linky. It’s open again. Yes! You understood it correctly. I’ll comment right on your poem. Glad to see you here at the pub!
Leyde Ryan said:
It’s already expired? Well, for what it’s worth, here it is. https://misky.uk/2022/07/28/27-july-for-dverse/
Somehow it closed early. Just went in and opened it again. I’ll post yours. Apologies.
hmmm….pub was closed for a bit….but reopened! Anyone looking for a double-dipper, stop back in. I”ll keep the doors open till Monday’s prompt hits. Stay cool folks.
Diana Kolpak said:
Hi Liilian, Link currently says it expired 2 hours ago (currently 11:52 a.m. PDT).
Jewish Young Professional "JYP" said:
I want dVerse bar ice-cream and literal ice-cream. It is not a socially-acceptable time for eating ice-cream in my time zone at present, but, you know, research…
Diana Kolpak said:
Mr. Linky has expired again…but here’s my post:
Add ing your post to Mr. Linky. I can’t figure out why it keeps timing out. I’ve set it again to end on August 1 but in the meantime will add your poem. Apologies.