Home-made Ice Cream
© By Grady L. Duncan 
12/11/01
In the sweltering days of Summer,
on many of Sunday afternoon,
the family would get together,
and grab a bowl and a spoon.
Grandma had baked a cake,
and others had gone for ice.
Grandma would ask for help,
never having to ask us twice.
We were in store for a treat,
beyond our wildest dream;
a dark chocolate fudge cake,
and home-made vanilla ice cream.
They would finally return with ice,
in twenty-five pound blocks,
as clear as pure crystal,
and frozen as hard as rocks.
The old hand-cranked freezers,
filled and packed to the top,
were cranked as we took turns.
Until frozen, we dared not stop.
By then we were real tired,
and our arms were terribly sore,
the ice cream frozen so hard,
we couldn't crank anymore.
By then the kids had gathered,
and vied for a place in line.
The grown-ups always waited,
acting like they didn't mind.
Although there was always plenty,
seconds and thirds were few.
Our mouths were so cold they hurt.
Our tongues and lips had turned blue.
As each freezer was emptied,
the kids would almost battle,
and always had to argue,
over, who would lick the paddles.
By the time we had finished,
we learned we had made a mistake,
in eating all of that ice cream.
We, now, had an ice cream headache.
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