by John Stevens

The little boy stood, with cone in hand. The ice cream on the ground.
The tears welled up in his eyes, as people stood around.
Tears fell like rain, his heart was breaking, he didn’t know what to do.
Then through the tears, saw grandpa kneeling… Saying, “Grandpa’s here for you.”

Grandpa said to the ice cream man “Another ice cream please.”
“Stack it high and pack it tight.” “We’ve got things to do and see.”
The little boy melted into his arms The sorrow turned to joy.
When grandpa’s near, all is better For grandpa’s little boy.

Oh, grandpa loves you Tony Boy Forever and always.
When things get tough, call on Him He will lead you through the maze.
When you get to Heaven, many years from now. You will find me waiting there.
I’ll be by the ice cream stand a waiting Just for you to get there .

The little boy grew to a fine young man. The time went by so fast.
He learned of things not of this world. The things that will always last.
You could see grandpa and the young man, Walking side by side through life.
When things got tough they called on Him, To help them through the strife.

Oh, grandpa loves you Tony Boy Forever and always.
When things get tough, call on Him He will lead you through the maze.
When you get to Heaven, many years from now. You will find me waiting there.
I’ll be by the ice cream stand a waiting Just for you to get there .

The young man cried when grandpa died. As they lowered him in the ground.
Tears welled up, in his eyes As people stood around.
Tears fell like rain, his heart was breaking. He knew just what to do.
So he looked up high to see the Father And heard “Grandpa’s here for you.”

Your grandpa loves you Tony Boy Forever and always.
When things get tough, call on Me I will lead you through the maze.
When you get to Heaven, many years from now. You will find him waiting here.
He’ll be by the ice cream stand a waiting Just for you to get here

Oh, grandpa loves you Tony Boy Forever and always.
When things get tough, call on Him He will lead you through the maze.
When you get to Heaven, many years from now. Your will find me waiting here.
I’ll be knelling right next to Jesus While I’m waiting for you to get here.

Good night sweet Prince. See you in the morning.

©9-15-06 John Stevens

Written for my grandson Tony (5). People say we are joined at the hip.
He is a 24/7 little guy and this is how I “wish”/”hope” life will be lived.
It has been sung to a couple of venues. No it is not recorded.
Jun 29, 2010

Music Version

©9-15-06 John Stevens

The little boy stood, with cone in hand. The ice cream on the ground.
The tears welled up in his eyes, as people stood around.
Tears fell like rain, his heart was breaking, he didn’t know what to do.
Then through the tears, saw grandpa kneeling… Saying, “Grandpa’s here for you.”
(ch 1)===========

Grandpa said to the ice cream man “Another ice cream please.”
“Stack it high and pack it tight.” “We’ve got things to do and see.”
The little boy melted into his arms The sorrow turned to joy.
When grandpa’s near, all is better For grandpa’s little boy.
(ch 1)==================

The little boy grew to a fine young man. The time went by so fast.
He learned of things not of this world. The things that will always last.
You could see grandpa and the young man, Walking side by side through life.
When things got tough they called on Him, To help them through the strife.
(ch 1)==================

The young man cried when grandpa died. As they lowered him in the ground.
Tears welled up, in his eyes As people stood around.
Tears fell like rain, his heart was breaking. He knew just what to do.
So he looked up high to see the Father And heard “Grandpa’s here for you.”
(ch 2)==================

—Chorus 1 —– ———————–
Oh, grandpa loves you Tony Boy Forever and always.
When things get tough, call on Him He will lead you through the maze.
When you get to Heaven, many years from now. You will find me waiting there.
I’ll be by the ice cream stand a waiting Just for you to get there .
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—Chorus 2 —– ——————-
Your, grandpa loves you Tony Boy Forever and always.
When things get tough, call on Me I will lead you through the maze.
When you get to Heaven, many years from now. You will find him waiting here.
He’ll be by the ice cream stand a waiting Just for you to get here

—- chorus last time ———-
Oh, grandpa loves you Tony Boy Forever and always.
When things get tough, call on Him He will lead you through the maze.
When you get to Heaven, many years from now. Your will find me waiting here.
I’ll be knelling right next to Jesus While I’m waiting for you to get here.

—Tag spoken——————————–
Good night sweet Prince. See you in the morning.

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5 Comments to “Ice Cream”

  1. admin says:

    From Hello Poetry Neva Version
    Neva Flores Jul 1, 2010
    Brought tears to my eyes, thank you John!

    John Stevens Jul 1, 2010
    It is constructed a little differently so it does not look like music lyrics. Reads better. Happy you like it.
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    Chris G J Smith Jul 1, 2010
    You are a true gentleman and a poet my friend, I salute you and am honoured to know you.

    John Stevens Jul 1, 2010
    Thank you Chris. I try to be a gentleman, the poet part comes with difficulty. It is my honor to get to know and read you, D, and Neva. I can not imagine all this talent in one place. The last few days has been exciting. A renewed desire to write again. Thanks to you folk.
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    D Conors Jul 1, 2010
    This is one breathtaking masterpiece, John Stevens. Real masterpiece, mate.

    John Stevens Jul 1, 2010
    This is the second time I have modified this piece for a young woman I have come to know. You guys take my breath away. (see note to Chris)
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    Bathsheba Jul 1, 2010
    Beautiful write John – Simpy stunning and it actually bought tears to my eyes – Thanks for sharing such a strong and powerful write with everyone -:)

    John Stevens Jul 2, 2010
    Tears cleanse the soul.
    Sorrow flows out
    And makes us whole.

    The original, “Ice Cream”, was written for my grandson, 5 now; his grandma and I have raised him since he was born. This is how I want my life to be used. There is no more important job in the world. I took me a while to get it just right in my mind. It is my pleasure to share this with you. Thank you for your kind and gracious words.
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    Warren Gossett Jul 1, 2010
    Gorgeous, John – I have known for many years that your heart is good, and I am glad to call you a friend. Just noticed you’re just a year younger than me, so you too are an old —–. Your pal, Warren

    John Stevens Jul 2, 2010
    Well Old Man, glad you like it. I rewrote “Ice Cream” for Neva. She writes beautiful stuff. Love it because it reaches out and touches me where I live.

  2. admin says:

    From Hello Poetry
    Chris G J Smith Jun 29, 2010
    Beautiful.

    John Stevens Jun 29, 2010
    It is my favorite of course. Very pleased you like it. A friend of mine lost her mother a few months after I first met her. I changed “Ice Cream” to “Lemon Cake”, Tony became her and grandfather became her mother. I wrote it with that in mind but did not expect to use it that way. It meant a lot to my new friend. She calls me Papa John. Her parents are gone now and it is my privilege to accept the roll.
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    Neva Flores Jun 29, 2010
    Absolutely wonderful!

    John Stevens Jun 30, 2010
    May I ask your granddaughter’s first name?
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    Heather Mirassou Sep 22, 2010
    Stellar!

    John Stevens Sep 22, 2010
    Thanks Heather. This is my life today, tomorrow, and the future. Did you see the version I made for Neva?

    I also posted some of my daughter’s stuff. It is very funny.
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    Haley Desiree Nov 16, 2010
    This is lovely. Thank you for sharing.

    John Stevens Nov 16, 2010
    Thanks Haley. This is what I am striving to make happen.
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    Michael S Simpson Nov 16, 2010
    Beautifully written, John–a window to a grandparent’s loving heart, open wide. Thank you!

    John Stevens Nov 16, 2010
    It is written as a song which I sang a few times. It keeps me reminded of the goal ahead. Thanks for reading Michael
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    Judy Ponceby Dec 14, 2010
    Simply beautiful :) and heartfelt.

    John Stevens Dec 14, 2010
    Thank you Judy. Appreciated

  3. louis rams says:

    beautifully written ! i sense the pride of a grandfather in this write.

  4. d says:

    A sweet and touching tribute, John…you’re the master literist in my book!

    Cheers,
    d

  5. Michele says:

    this is a bitter sweet….but mostly knowing that He is part of your life, totally enlightening….beautiful John.

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