A Case Of Hyper-Vent-Tillation.

 

A Case Of Hyper-vent-titillation.

 
Bed bound he suckles


nicotine's filtered tips


hyperventilating loudly

 
between the drawing

in of poison


through the hole

in his trachea.

 

Blood pressure monitors

beep like rush hour traffic

but the rush is in the

nicotine tie

he's smoke wrapped

around his

open gullet.

Cancer stole his throat


but left a

cigarette holder

his stoma inserted into

his tracheotomy

incised in the nape of his neck


where he stashes his vice


two packs daily

Doctors shake

their wise heads


and nurses

fluff his pillow


knowing fool well


his soul is

an ashtray


cremating his lungs


turning advice to vice


but he simply

 
blows smoke rings

a little lower now

 and wonders


at how straight

they fly out

from beneath

 

his chin and

 
across the

folds of his bed



*There is nothing that a fool
won't get used to.

 

 

 

©-MFB III

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pbwriterchick 6 years ago

So true! :) This would be my dad. He's smoked since his kindergarten year... on the playground. He chewed per my mom's request my first 18 years on this earth, but once I was gone... all bets off. Back to smokin. Ironically, now she smokes. And I do too. Fools... the whole lot of us... :)

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