“Some mysterious revenge of nature has seen to it that no poem in praise of drink or tobacco (or snuff, if any) can succeed.”
Hmm . . .
"No matter what Aristotle and the Philosophers say, nothing
is equal to tobacco; it's the passion of the well-bred, and he
who lives without tobacco lives a life not worth living."
"Neither do thou lust after that tawny weed tobacco."
Ash trays with fresh flowers are a common symbol of
Midweek Motif ~
Have you ever smoked tobacco?
Once I shared a Trailways Bus seat with an old man who told me tobacco was safe before air pollution. Hmm.
Your Challenge: Write a new poem in which you address your experience (or thoughts) about smoking tobacco.
There are many that I miss
having sent my last one out a car window
sparking along the road one night, years ago.
The heralded one, of course:
after sex, the two glowing tips
now the lights of a single ship;
at the end of a long dinner
with more wine to come
and a smoke ring coasting into the chandelier;
or on a white beach,
holding one with fingers still wet from a swim.
How bittersweet these punctuations
of flame and gesture;
but the best were on those mornings
when I would have a little something going
in the typewriter,
the sun bright in the windows,
maybe some Berlioz on in the background.
I would go into the kitchen for coffee
and on the way back to the page,
curled in its roller,
I would light one up and feel
its dry rush mix with the dark taste of coffee.
Then I would be my own locomotive,
trailing behind me as I returned to work
little puffs of smoke,
indicators of progress,
signs of industry and thought,
the signal that told the nineteenth century
it was moving forward.
That was the best cigarette,
when I would steam into the study
full of vaporous hope
and stand there,
the big headlamp of my face
pointed down at all the words in parallel lines.
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(Next week Susan’s Midweek Motif will be ~ Ocean(s) .)
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