How to Stop Smoking Cigarettes

 

You don’t, this habit

Marlboro Southern Cuts

so strong and smooth.

Gas station black ice trees

growing from your dash.

Empty Marathon cups once filled

with the world’s best coffee.

Window down, air blasting to rid the smokescreen,

ashes falling out the window

along with the ass of the last drag.

Think of carbonated delicacies

instead reach for a white lighter.

Your mom doesn’t like the stench,

reminding her of childhood

reeking of tobacco leaves on the playground

memories of her father’s dry remarks

eyeing the cancer stick

balanced between his wife’s fingertips.

Inhale your coworkers

exhale at 5o’clock during rush hour.

Butter a roll at Christmas dinner

smell the last pack on your fingertips.

Strong, sweet, satisfying musk

black hairy tongues and plaque filled teeth

sucking into your collapsed lungs.

You promised your family the last pack

was the last pack.

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