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The Iceman Cometh!

Ambling thro' the museum today an object caught my eye,
Inviting me to pause and reminisce about a time gone by.
'Twas an old oaken icebox standing there on display.
That ancient relic served as the family refrigerator in its day.

I recollected that we had one like it when I was a tyke,
Growing up on the Hoosier farm on fabled Farmer's Pike.
It cooled the milk and cream and butter that Mom made,
To spread on fresh-baked bread with a tad of marmalade!

What a refreshing sight on a sweltering summer's day,
To see the iceman's truck slowly meandering our way,
Along Farmer's Pike, crystal-clear ice stacked on the truck,
And anticipating a sliver of ice to chomp on and suck!

Mom put a card in the window to show the amount of ice required.
The iceman took note of this and delivered the ice desired.
He'd carry a hundred-pound block of ice on his burly back,
As nonchalantly as if toting feathers in a gunny sack!

Iceboxes served their purpose and in museums they now repose.
Once in awhile you'll find them at flea-markets and antique shows.
Fancy refrigerators now cool the grub and make the ice.
The iceman's logo I yet recall, "Iceman's Ice Is Twice As Nice!"

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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Copyright © | Year Posted 2010

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Date: 3/31/2010 6:10:00 AM
Oh my so great to read to my fav's loved it such memories...please read my verse Idella..Light & love
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Date: 3/31/2010 5:30:00 AM
Good morning Robert, I enjoyed reading your witty poetry this morning. Please continue with your writing endeavors. Thank you for your kind comments. Hope it is warming up in Co. It is here in Ohio the sun did shine the whole day yesterday. Love, Carol
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Date: 3/30/2010 7:19:00 PM
I like the poem . This is a kids birth right. To enjoy the icecream truck on his way. Enjoyed.
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Date: 3/30/2010 6:30:00 PM
They're outdated now but they sure served their purpose in their day!
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Date: 3/30/2010 2:42:00 PM
Another fine and refreshing piece of storytelling, Robert...Love the title!...The 'Iceman' was before my time but I do remember the milk man, nickle soda pop machines and 10 cent hot dogs! - Tim
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