where there’s smoke

myra likes
her cigarettes
she should quit,
she knows,
black-1226643_960_720she gets it
but here’s what
they don’t get:
she isn’t ready yet
she’s quit before
she’ll quit again
you don’t have to
remind her
but if you need her
until then
and don’t know
where to find her
if you should
suddenly require her
where there’s smoke
there’s myra


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by angle-weixin courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – smoke

not even in the room

like quitting cigarettes
i think i’m thinking

of something else
i’m thinking of you

i’m addicted

and if you don’t smoke
you don’t know
what i mean
but you do, so youlove-1181067_960_720 do,
but i’ll never tell you,
so you won’t.

i think i’m able
to focus
on something else
some conversation
some person
standing in front of me

is ostensibly holding
that i am ostensibly part of

he thinks it’s two-way
he thinks i hear

he thinks i’m smiling
at the content
or the context

and i’ll jump in any time now,
he assumes;

i’m not even in the room
i am smiling at a moment
at a memory of you

had to stop and tell you
in a virtual confession
i can’t quit

© 2012 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by waldryano courtesy pixabay,com
Daily prompt – smoke