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He Takes a long Drag

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He Takes a long Drag

the cat begs for 
the attention
of its master 
who strokes
him under the chin.

Takes a long drag 
on a cigarette,
and thinks of 
when the weather
was much kinder to 
us all …

the sunflowers in 
his garden
despair over the 
cold that
chills their stems.

he takes another
drag and he sees 
her up there
on the silver screen 
swishing her
hair and smiling at him.

But the teeth are false 
and the picture
Is false, 
the world is false.

he opens the curtains and looks
at a plastic street.

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  1. Date: 1/26/2011 8:32:00 AM
    THAT WAS REALLY VERY POIGNANT. I was really moved by this. And you are from the uk too which makes it even better! x

  1. Date: 1/20/2011 2:54:00 AM
    Yes, sometimes life looks like an illusion - a great philosophy in this write, john