Once again, posting on Martin's behalf:
(Poem #1055) Bleezer's Ice Cream
I am Ebenezer Bleezer, I run BLEEZER'S ICE CREAM STORE, there are flavors in my freezer you have never seen before, twenty-eight divine creations too delicious to resist, why not do yourself a favor, try the flavors on my list: COCOA MOCHA MACARONI TAPIOCA SMOKED BALONEY CHECKERBERRY CHEDDAR CHEW CHICKEN CHERRY HONEYDEW TUTTI-FRUTTI STEWED TOMATO TUNA TACO BAKED POTATO LOBSTER LITCHI LIMA BEAN MOZZARELLA MANGOSTEEN ALMOND HAM MERINGUE SALAMI YAM ANCHOVY PRUNE PASTRAMI SASSAFRAS SOUVLAKI HASH SUKIYAKI SUCCOTASH BUTTER BRICKLE PEPPER PICKLE POMEGRANATE PUMPERNICKEL PEACH PIMENTO PIZZA PLUM PEANUT PUMPKIN BUBBLEGUM BROCCOLI BANANA BLUSTER CHOCOLATE CHOP SUEY CLUSTER AVOCADO BRUSSELS SPROUT PERIWINKLE SAUERKRAUT COTTON CANDY CARROT CUSTARD CAULIFLOWER COLA MUSTARD ONION DUMPLING DOUBLE DIP TURNIP TRUFFLE TRIPLE FLIP GARLIC GUMBO GRAVY GUAVA LENTIL LEMON LIVER LAVA ORANGE OLIVE BAGEL BEET WATERMELON WAFFLE WHEAT I am Ebenezer Bleezer, I run BLEEZER'S ICE CREAM STORE, taste a flavor from my freezer, you will surely ask for more.
"Bleezer's Ice Cream" is one of those rare, perfect children's poems that it is my occasional pleasure to stumble across. It's not too hard to see why it works so well. The name "Ebenezer Bleezer" is both nicely comical and nicely euphonious, so "I am Ebenezer Bleezer" gets the poem off to a good start right away. The whole first verse, though, is nothing more than a prologue, an introduction to the real meat of the poem. I refer, of course, to the wonderfully zany list of twenty-eight "flavours", a catalogue of food combinations whose appeal lies in their grossness as much as in their playful metre and rhymes. I'll leave you to look up some of the weirder foods on your own :) -martin Links: Here's a biography of Prelutsky: [broken link] http://www.poets.org/poets/poets.cfm?prmID=69 I am reminded of the Centipede's song from Dahl's 'James and the Giant Peach': http://www.qu-i-x.com/eaten.html And from the credit-where-due department, I discovered the poem in the following, well-chosen collection: http://gobinpoetry.homestead.com/Home.html