A Good Smoke

A Good Smoke

A Poem by Kelly A. Brown

Yesterday
I tried to smoke
a cigarette to
relax
even though I don't smoke and
never smoked and
found it
pointless, disgusting, and a
waste of time.
But, I started to wonder.
 
I wondered why so many
people
smoke to
relax, to try and
dismiss the day's demanding
and exhausting
events
in a single puff of
polluted air.
 
I wanted to smoke a cigarette,
God d****t
to calm down
to stop crying
to stop worrying.
 
Look at James Dean,
Bob Dylan,
black and white movie stars, all the
great masters of stillness,
people with restless souls
whose bodies always became
calm,
collected, and
cool
because of a
Camel.
 
You've seen them flick their ashes as though
they don't give a
f**k.
And they look so
cool while they
do it.
 
But, I tried to smoke and it
didn't work.
I choked and didn't breathe the smoke in
and it kept not staying lit and my breath
smelled like dirty underwear caught in a fire.
 
Then I tried some Valium, but it gave me a
headache.
Then I drank some beer and it worsened the headache.
Then I watched tv, but it bored me because it was a
repeat and I couldn't concentrate anyhow
because of the smell of cigarettes and the
Valium and the beer
 
and I found myself more
nervous and restless than
I had been
before I tried to
smoke the
cigarette.

© 2013 Kelly A. Brown


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Wow excellent.

"Yesterday
I tried to smoke
a cigarette to
relax
even though I don't smoke and
never smoked and
found it
pointless, disgusting, and a
waste of time.
But, I started to wonder."


Gotta say, I like your style. Very good. Pure honesty, related to people and I was well agree with October on the weed, ha! I use to smoke to calm myself then I quit and I seem to be doing okay so far.

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This is really awesome. I can really sense your frustration. Definitley reminded me of a Bukowski piece. xox

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wow excellent.

"Yesterday
I tried to smoke
a cigarette to
relax
even though I don't smoke and
never smoked and
found it
pointless, disgusting, and a
waste of time.
But, I started to wonder."


Gotta say, I like your style. Very good. Pure honesty, related to people and I was well agree with October on the weed, ha! I use to smoke to calm myself then I quit and I seem to be doing okay so far.

This review was written for a previous version of this writing

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Great piece.

I liked the way you were just very blunt and plain with your wording, it kept the piece very simple.

And I'm with October on the weed, lol.

(PS some people are just naturally more able to smoke, like myself. id love to quit, want to trade? lol)




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Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Try smoking weed.
It's better for you,
and I think it helps.

At any rate,
I like your honesty in this poem.
Like, it was all about how you felt.
Yeah, I hope that made sense to you...

Thanks for sharing.


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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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I am a writer...I try to write from my soul. I am a fan of Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac, and the like. I love crazy poetry, but dislike poor spelling. I guess you can tell more about me by rea.. more..

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