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Non-Smoker

I have to stop reading poetry.

The muses of poets take long drags on

Cigarettes

Before puffing out more

Show stopping lines.

I am trying to quit.

 .

It has been four days since I

Pushed my last yellowed filter into the ground

Let it stand next to the others like

A proudly rotten smile.

 .

At the weekend I spent every penny I own and more

Pushing boot prints into mud

Shoulder blades swaying like dorsal fins to music I didn’t know

Dark pupils spilling into white noise

Lungs filling

With smoke and emptying with words like

Frankly Dear, I don’t give a damn.

 .

I liked me back there

All muse and smirks and

Dry laughs

But tobacco is expensive

And nobody listens to a non-smoker. 

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