THE OLD MAN GIVES UP CIGARETTES AGAIN

by on August 30, 2016 :: 0 comments

And then there was
your resolution to give
up cigarettes. Starting when?
Half an hour ago.
Broke it somewhere between
the liquor store and
the page one stories
on the nightly newscast.

Since you showed up
on my doorstep this morning,
what other vows
have been taken out and dusted off
before being shoved back
where they came from?

You puff away
in my heart
and in my head.
Then you mutter,
“This is it.
This is my very last.”

You put such distance
between now
and the last thing
I believed.

editors note:

We are experts in making them; keeping them is the real trick, though. – mh clay

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