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Sugar and Ice MAG

April 1, 2010
By Bassoonkelley GOLD, Tampa, Florida
Bassoonkelley GOLD, Tampa, Florida
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I am comprised almost entirely of water.

I am broken.

I am the color
of ripe pumpkins and
navels and
sweet potatoes and
poppies and

in cardboard,
in plastic packaging.

I am
in my frozen
manmade bed.

I am cloaked in crystal negligee.

I am fragile,
filled with amusement.

A fruitless backbone.
A fruity center.

I am tasty.

I am halfway eaten and


The sun's sultry breath trickling down my spine.
Her vicious blaze robbing me of my composure.


I am burning refreshment.
I am the good kind of pain.
I am cool, audacious –
glistening serenely under
her smoldering scowl.

With each bite
I am made more whole.

The bone of your teeth ripping,
tearing through my tendons and
my artificial flavors.
Caressing vital organs.
I am falling, and I
the ground.

I am fractured.

The jealous sun seeks her revenge,
searing my torso with her envious glare.

I am seeping,

I am running
from my own body
and I
am utterly free.

I am
tyrannous, constant and
cascading over a forest of
beetles and grass and anthills.

Swirling and slicing and merciless.
I am both worshipped and feared.
I am burrowing deep inside the earth.
I am carried home to feed
millions of children.

I am dragged below
to comfort the afflicted.
I am sustenance.

I have found my faith.

The author's comments:
35 poetic lines about an inanimate object - I went through three Popsicles while writing this one. :)

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This article has 13 comments.

TickTockBANG said...
on Jul. 10 2012 at 3:07 pm

This is about a Popsicle.


How can you make a Popsicle so poetic? Because I love this poem. AND IT'S ABOUT A FROZEN TREAT.

That's art, right there.

byebye said...
on Nov. 21 2011 at 6:08 pm
byebye, Nevermore, Other
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Uh yeah if you read this through it's really obvious it's not about a person...nestled in cardboard and orange in color aren't the classic characteristics of the human. ha ha....

Really really good....I'm writing a novel but I can't write poetry like you! :)

on Nov. 2 2011 at 4:48 pm
SwallowedByInsanity PLATINUM, Hillsdale, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Love is a poison, but it is also the antidote."

i thought i'd tell u that everything you've written that i've read is absolutely beautiful :D

I'm jealous of your talents yet drawn to continue reading your scriptures like a mosquito chasing after the light within an outdoor lamp.

Never in a million years did I think popsicles could have held inspiration for a piece, but hey, we all get inspired by the most random things xD

keep writing! your work is beautiful.

on Sep. 19 2011 at 3:02 am
AyeshaMuzaffar BRONZE, Lahore, Other
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The best work here or teen ik. Ever. I totally love your work. Your article, 'Shiver Shiver' was love.

on Dec. 1 2010 at 9:27 am
Bassoonkelley GOLD, Tampa, Florida
15 articles 0 photos 49 comments
haha thanks for sending that good karma my way, this piece is going to be published this month! :)

LastChapter said...
on Oct. 25 2010 at 10:20 pm
LastChapter, Hempstead, New York
0 articles 0 photos 215 comments

Favorite Quote:
(couldn't think of anything better at the time) "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."-Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.

this is such a funk-o-licious poem! you described everything so amazingly! you should seriously get published in the magazine for the sole reason alone of making a POPSICLE as interesting and personal as you did. great job:)

_Mags_ SILVER said...
on Jun. 24 2010 at 10:33 am
_Mags_ SILVER, Somewhere, North Carolina
9 articles 7 photos 436 comments

Favorite Quote:
- I stare danger in the face and giggle
- Never argue with an idiot, people might not know the difference
-R.A.P (Retards Attempting Poetry)
-Tip Cologne ryhmes with alone

that's awesome and very vivid as well. btw-can you check out some of my stuff??

on May. 23 2010 at 8:08 pm
PlaceboEffect, Chesterfield, Virginia
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I think I'm in love with this. I really do. I could image everything in my head.  

on May. 21 2010 at 2:03 pm
respecturself7 SILVER, Medina, New York
8 articles 0 photos 76 comments

Favorite Quote:
There is a natural law in life to settle.....I broke that law ~Katherine Hepburn
Love, Is the severest of mental diseases~U.K.
Spinning always spinning....when life puts me down I'll give you a call~respecturself7

This is really cool! I didn't realize you could be so deep about a Popsicle lol Awesome! PS I agree a lot of the best poetry doesn't rhyme it just has to have a natural flow.  :)

on May. 1 2010 at 2:48 am
Bassoonkelley GOLD, Tampa, Florida
15 articles 0 photos 49 comments
lol it's okay :) That's why I put it under "Free Verse," because I wasn't sure what to call it.
However, a lot of poetry doesn't rhyme. The rhyming isn't what makes it poetry

on Apr. 30 2010 at 9:39 pm
Schnoodlebear SILVER, Ballwin, Missouri
6 articles 0 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do what you love and love what you do

I think you may want to use some ryhme in your poem. It's dosn't sound much like a poem and to me it really doesn't make sense...Sorry.

on Apr. 27 2010 at 11:17 pm
Bassoonkelley GOLD, Tampa, Florida
15 articles 0 photos 49 comments
lol it's about a popsicle, not about myself... but thanks? :)

babigerl1194 said...
on Apr. 27 2010 at 6:24 pm
this is outsanding ik to me describing myself is the hardest thing ever but you did it and it was smooth and rhythmic and inspiring :)