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The Marlboro Woman is Gone

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The Marlboro Woman is Gone

The Marlboro Woman
You were glamorous, a bomb shell beauty in your prime
No wonder he fell for you that night you danced on stage with Tina Turner
You were the show stopper of his dreams
You associated "lighting up" with Judy Garland or Vivian Lee
Dangling cigarettes like diamonds upon your fingers
Oh, you were so wrong
Remember the phone calls?
Ka-zillions of them 
Begging you to quit
Remember when you asked me what I wanted for my 30th birthday?
You lied again…you were never going to quit…
You were its prisoner being drug to the gallows
Eventually no more picturesque bike rides at dawn
Years later you were dependent on oxygen around the clock
How glamorous was that necklace?
A month later reduced to grocery shopping in a motorized cart
Huffing and puffing
Coughing and hacking…you were so distracting
How could you have been so selfish with your health?
Your panicked expressions
Hanging by your fingertips to the hands of father time
Sneaking a drag in the bathroom while hooked up to your oxygen
Everyone could read the FLAMMABLE sign on the door
You could have blown us up!
You couldn’t abandon your nicotine addiction 
Craving it like chocolate
Once a chain smoker… then chained to your oxygen…
Now the Marlboro Woman is gone

Entry for Miss Poet Destroyer's Mother's Day Poetry Contest
By Gwendolen Rix

In Honor of My Mother Constance

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  1. Date: 6/16/2012 1:59:00 PM
    Oh Gwennie, I saw your reference to this for Rusty Sivey and had to rush over to find it. How sad my darling to lose you mom in such a devastating way. I too had the horrible habit and it is a devil to break but I did it thank goodness. Now I actually smell like a person! A very sad memory to bear.

  1. Date: 4/5/2012 9:01:00 PM
    A very powerful write, Gwen. Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 4/5/2012 6:31:00 AM
    A belated congratulations to you for your win in P.D's "Mothers day" contest Gwen. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 9:55:00 PM
    RIX, Congratulations with your beautiful and heart touching mother'' poem. thank you for supporting my contest*. Have yourself a good night. It was an honor having your poem in my contest, luv~PD

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 8:57:00 PM
    congrats Gwendolen on an ipressive writ and win for Mother luv.. an amazing treasured tribute.. ..

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 8:39:00 PM
    Iwas struck by the sheer drama of your mother's addiction when I read it the first time and it still has the same effect. Great but sad writing. Congratulations on your win. Loce, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 7:25:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, Gwen. Excellent write. Nice going. hugs, Ralph

  1. Date: 1/14/2012 5:49:00 AM
    thank you for sharing your poem with me. It is eerily familiar. And it is beautiful. How glamorous was that necklace? And thank you for your kind comments.

  1. Date: 1/5/2012 7:58:00 AM
    Congrats on your win in the "Afflictions" contest Gwen. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/29/2011 7:56:00 PM
    I see this won the Afflictions contest,Gwen. Leighann never seems to be around, but I am sure glad she came here to give EWE a win. I like that Ewe thing. I had a pin once that said, "Ewe ain't flat. Ewe's just fluffy" I am headed off here too for GOOD tonight as soon as I finish this page of comments. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/29/2011 4:10:00 PM
    Coingrats on a fine deserved winner. harry

  1. Date: 12/29/2011 8:27:00 AM
    As an ex smoker, I can certainly relate to this Gwen. Fortunately I was able to slip the hook. My favorite line "hanging by your fingertips to the hands of father time". How eloquent and how true. Congratulations

    Rix Avatar Gwendolen Rix
    Date: 12/29/2011 8:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    So happy that you quit, Bob. What an enormous gift u gave yourself!
  1. Date: 12/29/2011 4:47:00 AM
    Congratulations Gwen, and so true for many x

  1. Date: 12/28/2011 11:24:00 PM
    Gwen, Many congratulations for this beautifully written poem. You touched the subject so well. I enjoyed reading it very much, Greg

  1. Date: 12/28/2011 10:51:00 PM
    Heya Gwendolen. I completely missed this poem of yours. I don't want to sound redundant, but this is another very original poem of yours. Grabbed me, held me in, and I was affected. A big congratulations on your 1st place victory!

  1. Date: 12/28/2011 10:09:00 PM
    Congratulation my friend on your fantastic win. bl

  1. Date: 12/28/2011 7:58:00 PM
    How very sad. But a big winner and congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 12/28/2011 7:45:00 PM
    Gwen my girl, you have written a sensational piece worthy of winning, love sent with a kiss as my postage, xxxVie

  1. Date: 12/28/2011 6:25:00 PM
    Hey you guys, I am so honored to have placed well with this poem. My sister called me two days ago and was moved by this message...she said she NEVER realized that smoking was such a greedy behavior and she felt badly for being so selfish. I have been begging her to quit for years....just like I begged my mother. I hope she sticks with it. Keep your fingers crossed with me! THANKS. ;)

  1. Date: 12/18/2011 3:12:00 AM
    Oh Gwen, this is brilliant, for years we were made to believe that smoking was cool, your poem say it all, this is going to my favourites with you . harry