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I read Scarlet Ribbons op on smoking and it reminded me of a poem I wrote.
I have been a smoker like her, since I was twelve.. Now that is a revelation.
I bet all of you out there thought Teacherofhooch would not be so daft.
But she is. I have packed it up many times in my life.
During both my pregnancies I packed it up completely.
Then gradually went back.
I packed it up for six months, nine months, a year, two years, the list is endless, if I go out with a friend who does not smoke, then I don’t either.
One time when I started to smoke I actually passed out!
Really I should not be a smoker and I really cannot understand my denial of it all.
I will have a couple before I go to work and then I will not smoke all day (10 hours plus!)
Although, my friends go for a cigarette at lunch time and ask me to go, I stay with friends who do not smoke.
I think , how could I say to children that smoking is wrong, if I smell of smoke my self. I am always aware of the smell, I shower every morning and always wear clean clothes, my bag is full of mints and fresh breathe spray.
At work they did not find out until after about five years, when I told them. The look of shock and horror on their faces was still not enough to stop me.
I am a hypocrite when it comes to this and young children and I will admit that.
When people find out that I smoke they are flabbergasted.
I know I am a fool when it comes to this.
This is a poem I wrote once to pack the smoking up. At the time it was a matter of cigarettes or food for my children, as I was a single parent and just could not afford both.
MAY 2nd – 6pmAs I draw my lips together,
Mustard coloured curtains
(an extension of my lungs)
I can scrub and clean you,
Sponge lungs, the damage done.
I wonder- Would I eat soot and tar?
(with a cup of tea – for dinner?
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