The Smoker

He takes great care of the chopped leaf,
teasing it apart, enough for his habit.
Placing the tobacco in the paper,
he rolls it out evenly,
adding a filter as is his want.
Finally his roll is wetted,
giving him the desired item.

Sitting back on the sofa,
he lights the cigarette with a match.
Breathing deeply the poisonous smoke,
as if it gives him life itself.
Inhaling the toxins into his lungs,
constricting the bronchial airways,
one breath closer to that early grave.

Attempting to quit this filthy habit
is something he has quit doing.
Quitting quitting being the easier option,
patches and tabs not working for him,
lack of will power his final hurdle.
Nicotine eventually reaching the brain,
five minutes wasted as he shortens his life.

©2012 Trevor Litchfield

Yes, I am he mentioned above 😦

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  1. Indigo Spider

     /  January 10, 2012

    I am an ex-smoker, my sympathies. I know how hard it is to quit and even now, after 15 years, I sometimes still have a craving when I pass a smoker out on break. It is amazing how difficult it is to quit.

  2. Man I could use a good smoke right about now!

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