Fifty-Four Whimsical Flavors

The circus train made an ice cream stop
At the fifty-two-flavor ice cream stand.
The animals all got off the train
And walked right up to the ice cream man.
“I’ll take Vanilla,” yelled the gorilla.
“I’ll take Chocolate,” shouted the ocelot.
   “I’ll take the Strawberry,” chirped the canary.
      “Rocky Road,” croaked the toad.
         “Lemon and Lime,” growled the lion.
      Said the ice cream man, “‘Til I see a dime.
   You’ll get no ice cream of mine.”
Then the animals snarled and screeched and growled
And whinnied and whimpered and hooted and howled
And gobbled up the whole ice cream stand,
All fifty-two flavors
(Fifty-three with Ice Cream Man).

~Shel Silverstein “Ice Cream Stop” from Falling Up

photo by Tomomi Gibson
toad picture by Josh Scholten

You won’t hear me croak, hoot, howl, whimper, whine, screech, or even growl. Instead, I won’t stop grinning…

“Tillamook Mudslide,” I confide. It makes me a happy primate.

It’s flavor #54 and ever so much better tasting than even the Ice Cream Man…


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3 thoughts on “Fifty-Four Whimsical Flavors

  1. Tillamook coffee almond fudge is mine! With Tillamook rocky road immediately after.
    I discovered Tillamook ice cream at start of pandemic (had been a fan of the cheese for decades). Now our freezer has at least 4 cartons of various flavors at any given time. It is the best ice cream.

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