Ice cream is usually a good bribe:
you can have all the ice cream you want.
Conditions a sore point
if you get your tonsils
taken out for a walk
to a jar, then
unlimited Ice Cream.
Bargains can be surprising.
Anesthesia doesn’t smell like
any flavor of Ice Cream, has
high pitch buzzing, disturbing
lights not like stars, voices
like dreams: there’s
a lot of bleeding…
waking in bed with no Ice Cream,
a bed pan to vomit blood into, and
it has no cherry flavor.
Ice cream is not always a good bribe
with a throat so sore it hurts to eat it.
Some fish dishes will ameliorate, however
if it comes from a jar: carp
whitefish, and pike.
These slippery things don’t come in cherry
or vanilla, or chocolate, but with
onions and bread crumbs, these
Gefilte fish in a jar packed with gel
swim down the throat without pain.
Wonder why it’s not said:
you can have all the gefilte fish you want
if you have your tonsils taken out for a swim.