November 27, 2020


I am a swirl of flavors,

both vanilla and chocolate

Some people like me separate and others together.

Those who try to separate me, make me feel as if I am melting, while some contemplate whether to throw me away or to stick me in the freezer.

They like to put me in different dispensers, each part of me far away from the other,

only sometimes together.

They don’t understand what it’s like to be swirled;

being swirled means not belonging to the world around you.

In one part you’re too chocolate and in the other, you’re too vanilla.

They call swirls “exotic and new” like we’re some animal in a cage at the zoo.

The ways both parts of me are portrayed, make me feel as if I am playing a tug of war with myself that cannot be won nor conveyed.

But know that I am a swirl and will remain a swirl no matter how much you try to pick me apart.

Yes, I will fall and will sometimes melt away but my chocolate and vanilla are here to stay!

I am not too much or too little of something, for I am not the ooey-gooey soft serve I used to be.



11 Responses to “Soft-Serve”

  1. Manasi Naik on December 17th, 2020 11:00 pm

    Wow …. excellent
    Keep it up

  2. Smita on December 20th, 2020 6:46 am

    I can’t even imagine that anyone will write on this subject
    Too good

  3. Cheryl Robertson on January 24th, 2021 7:01 am

    This poem is powerful. It tugged at my heart and stirred uncomfortable feelings: disappointment (Do I do that to people too?), anger (Why can’t we just love people…whole people…for who they are?), pride (The poet captured this issue so poignantly.), and impatient hope (We can be better, right? This will be a distant memory some day.). Anushree, thank you for writing this and for making the reader look at herself and vow to do better. You are an amazing human who MUST keep writing.

  4. Anjali on February 12th, 2021 7:43 pm

    We have all had it now and then but never thought about looking it the way you did Anushree. Keep it up!! As I read through it, it stirred a lot of emotion especially when I started drawing parallels between your poem and the society we live in . Keep writing. You definitely have a talent.Keep writing . You have a lot of people rooting for you. God bless!

  5. Neharika Mehta on February 12th, 2021 8:13 pm

    So well written Anushree. Amazing use of metaphors. Loved it truly.

  6. Ramesh on February 13th, 2021 8:55 pm

    Very powerful expression through a seemingly simple ice cream swirl. Never imagined a swirl could evoke so many sentiments relatable to everyday life.challenges. It does now! Thank you Anushree!!! Looking forward to more…

  7. Madhusudan on May 26th, 2021 7:38 am

    It’s amazing… wonderful ballet of emotions performed in Words.. Keep it up…
    Poets can see what Sun cannot.!
    Poets can feel what Moon cannot..!

  8. Bhagyashri kalke on May 26th, 2021 8:17 am

    Its really touching ..both your poem and the experience you are gone through …keep writing…god bless you

  9. Mangesh Parkar on June 2nd, 2021 9:15 pm

    Graphical yet abstract. Quite intriguing. Mskes one introspect.
    My chocolate and vanilla are different than yours and I too swirl and my cone is different too.

  10. Swati on June 2nd, 2021 9:35 pm

    Profound. Jabardast Anushree. Way to go

  11. Aparna Raut on June 3rd, 2021 7:54 am

    Poem on ice cream swirl and it’s feeling, amazing thought.
    It has a deep message.

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