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One Cigarette

	I knew a man 
	who smoked one cigarette each day, 
	accompanied by a cup of black coffee. 
	Beyond feeding his ego, 
	control was his raison d’etre, 
	so he probably did smoke just the one. 
	Not so with me. 
	I was far too gone, 
	reveling in excess on several fronts.
	Cigarettes were 
	my shield, 
	my pointer, 
	my distance-keeper, 
	my comfort in the evening 
	with one or more neat scotches,
	and, of course,
	my addiction. 
	I’ve left behind that obsession, 
	yet I am plagued by 
	a particular cigarette memory: 
	that sweet after-sex smoke. 
	I miss that singular pleasure, 
	but then, life requires loss. 
	I suppose I could try it 
	one more time, 
	just the one cigarette
	to see what might happen. 
	But that wouldn’t work. 
	Unlike my unpleasant 
	one-a-day associate, 
	my self-control requires vigilance,
	else it dies with a vengeance 
	that I’m ill-prepared to manage. 
	Given that, 
	a smile of recollection will do nicely.

Copyright © Jack Jordan

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  1. Date: 5/22/2013 1:02:00 AM
    Such an intriguing write, Jack. I can't say I relate to this in the slightest for I personally stay away from any sort of substance-crutches. But I find it fascinating the way you wrote about it... knowing that to get back into the habit would be foolish, but smiling in memory of the good ole days.

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 4:45:00 PM
    I am so glad I stopped by today to read your fine artistry. Your poetry is like unwrapping a present. I was right in it smelling the coffee and whiffing the cigarettes.... The last line delivered a terrific ending to this terrific poem. I wrote a poem with similar theme. I think I may post it here soon.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/19/2013 5:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for the read. I'd love to read your poem. I'll check in later... Jack
  1. Date: 5/19/2013 11:28:00 AM
    Good perseverance... great poem... Terry (Keep both up!)

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/19/2013 11:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Terry, for the encouragement... Jack
  1. Date: 5/19/2013 10:07:00 AM
    - A "good" excuse to not quit smoking ..... "just one" for pleasure - Be happy that you have stopped. (I'm not) - but I admire the man who only takes one. - A well written poem Jack. - Have a great weekend. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/19/2013 10:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's easily the best excuse I can think of. Thanks for the comment, and a fine weekend to you as well... Jack