Larry D. Thomas

"The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

(after the poem by Wallace Stevens)

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Larry D. Thomas

"The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

(after the poem by Wallace Stevens)


an rhp electronic chapbook

 

 

"The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream."

                                  Wallace Stevens

 

Larry D. Thomas

"The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

(after the poem by Wallace Stevens)


an rhp electronic chapbook

 

 

1.

 

He smiles,

musing the white,

concupiscent curls

of his wig.

 

Larry D. Thomas

"The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

(after the poem by Wallace Stevens)


an rhp electronic chapbook

 

 

2.

 

His family tree

is the epitomy

of parsimony:

King Cream,

Queen Sugar,

Grand Duke Vanilla,

and Grand Duchess Milk.

 

 

Larry D. Thomas

"The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

(after the poem by Wallace Stevens)


an rhp electronic chapbook

 

 

3.

 

Iciness

is the favorite

of his narcissistic

virtues.

 

 

Larry D. Thomas

"The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

(after the poem by Wallace Stevens)


an rhp electronic chapbook

 

 

4.

 

Some Caribbeans

celebrate death

with his gratuitous

freezing of the brain.

 

 

Larry D. Thomas

"The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

(after the poem by Wallace Stevens)


an rhp electronic chapbook

 

 

5.

 

He regards

the heart's warmth

the deadliest

of cardinal sins.

 

 

Larry D. Thomas

"The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

(after the poem by Wallace Stevens)


an rhp electronic chapbook

 

 

6.

 

His private daydreams

are tormented with thoughts

of vapor, freezer burn,

and the enticing battalions

of the neighboring

Kingdoms of Strawberry

and Dark Chocolate.

 

 

Larry D. Thomas

"The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

(after the poem by Wallace Stevens)


an rhp electronic chapbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7.

 

He gasps

with recurring nightmares

disturbing as petulant,

stubborn subjects.

 

 

Larry D. Thomas

"The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

(after the poem by Wallace Stevens)


an rhp electronic chapbook

 

 

8.

 

But the thought of him

deluges the seared,

treasonous mouth.

 

 

Larry D. Thomas

"The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

(after the poem by Wallace Stevens)


an rhp electronic chapbook

 

 

9.

 

The tongue,

in any

of its myriad

applications,

tops the burgeoning

list of his fears.

 

 

Larry D. Thomas

"The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

(after the poem by Wallace Stevens)


an rhp electronic chapbook

 

 

 

10.

 

His subjects

cherish the concave

dangers of their spoons.

 

Larry D. Thomas

"The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

(after the poem by Wallace Stevens)


an rhp electronic chapbook

 

 

 

Larry D. Thomas has had many poems and several online chapbooks published at Right Hand Pointing, Recent publications include the Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, Southwestern American Literature, San Pedro River Review, and Concho River Review.

 

Larry D. Thomas

"The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

(after the poem by Wallace Stevens)


an rhp electronic chapbook