Popsicle

The wrapping folds back
revealing the purple ice
grape popsicle
It offers sweet relief
from the beating sun
in summer heat
I revel in the cool flavor
Licking and biting and
smiling as I feel
the coldness set into my body
but then I feel
a stickiness on my hands
And I wonder
Why is it that the popsicle
always melts
before I have time to finish?