Puff puff

You are the death of me

For years I tried to get rid of you

Your toxic allure drags me in

Your smoke reminds me of long days

You are a torturous sin

Many lifetimes ago

How I wish I can get rid of you

The habitual need makes me cringe

Through my pores your blackness seeps

A wicked revenge

Cherry cigars

Way back when tasted so sweet

The devil's fire

That turned me on to you

A long ways to go

Drawn to you

Your symbols go far and wide

Disgust to pleasure

We have a love hate relationship

Sickness can endure

An artist's tool

A dead man's leak

I hope to leave you soon

You make me sick

Shaky habit

Reaching for another stick

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Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

Awesome poem!!! As an ex-smoker, who smoked for 40 years, I can totally relate. Great Hub! Voted up.

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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven Author

Hi Jenna thank you for reading and your comment. LOL. It can be tough. Glad you broke the habit. :)

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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Caroline, my dear, I cannot believe that you smoke--I just can't believe it, but your poem sure sounds like it. I started out at 10 on my dad's straight Camels. He kept them in an upper cabinet and normally smoked a pipe. I've always wondered if he knew. Anyway, on the night I left for the navy they put us dummies up at a hotel for the night and I bought my first pack from a machine. Menthal Oasis, of all things. I soon switched to the real cigarette: Straight Camels like my dad, and did them for 20 years, finally started quitting (maybe 200 times) and finally to do PRACs drug studies they said I had to be quit for 30 days. So, I quit cold turkey and have never gone back...but I still want one. I just got thru working out in the garden for two hours, came in, and how nice it would be to have a good old Cigarette!

It's been more than ten years, so I won't go back now.

But a very good, believable, poem, Caroline!

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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven Author

Hi Jim good to hear from you. I am glad you quit this bad habit. Yes, I am trying to quit for awhile now. LOL. I started in high school and it has been on and off since then. Recently I have gotten very disgusted by it and am trying to quit. I am going to get the patch if I get weak. LOL. It's great you quit cold turkey! Good for you!

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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Caroline my sweet, never smoked and never will. But it is still a great poem . I think a woman that smokes is a complete turnoff.

Love ya


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

But remember, Caroline, I quit at least 200 times before that, and the last time was for money.

Good to hear from you, too, and the best to you with trying to quit. Here in North Dakota I quite often hear commercials about organizations, etc., who will help.

Again, the best to you!

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City

Cigarette smoking sure is addictive. My two brothers, my mother, and I all smoked. Its hard to get away from. People at work smoke. Its bad for the health, and I know that people shouldn't smoke. Great poem! I know that I should quit, or at least cut down. Cigarettes cost a lot, too.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

well thank God I have never smoked but my sons smoke and it has broke my heart. My sister died t age 45 from smoking and I am so scared it's going to kill my sons. I hate the thought of it.. I cant even go anywhere if there is cigarette smoke in it

I sure pray for you to stop.



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ananceleste 4 years ago from California

Loved it Caroline!

Is like talking to a toxic lover. Well it is,LOL! You can do it.I know you will.

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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven Author

@ Hi Michael well it's great you didn't start or you might've gotten addicted and would be writing a poem like this!

@ Thanks so much for all of your kindness and support Jim!

@ Hi Gail I completely agree with you! Good luck in trying to quit and thank you for reading and commenting. :)

@ Hi Debbie that is horrible about your sister. I hope your sons stop. Thank you for reading and your blessings. :)

@ Hi Ana it is a toxic lover! Thank you for reading and your support! :)

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City

Your welcome carolinemd21.

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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Lovely poem - Good that you are thinking of quitting. :-)

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Teylina 4 years ago

Incredible poem! I'm headed to my son's in about a week, and he even stopped cold for two years, then started again! I know it's his life, but makes me so frustrated. I will share this with him! He loves a good read!

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Caroline, I can relate. I quit eight years ago, the most difficult task but so worth the pain. I now can smell flowers and taste food. I did not gain a pound. I told myself it was just as bad to be over weight. Best of luck to you. ( About. com ) helped me every step of the way. Once i was having a really bad day, wanting to smoke so badly. I posted, " I am not going to get fat, I would rather smoke. ) I immediately got a reply, " Oh don't worry honey, you'll get skinny when you get cancer. " That got me through the day. Each time i needed help someone was there. Cheers

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Nasty and smelly habit indeed. Luckily never been addicted. I've smoked some if cocktails have been involved but it never got me in its clutches. Hope you can stop. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven Author

@ Hi Lady E thanks for reading. :)

@ Hi Teylina thank you very much for your support! I hope it will help your son in some way. :)

@ Hi Ruby wow what a good line to help someone keep smoking... I am doing okay for right now which is good. I workout a lot so that helps because I don't want to smoke and ruin my endurance. It really is a gross habit. Thank you for sharing your story and for reading! Love when you stop by! :)

@ Hi Gypsy thank you for your constant support. You are a true friend dear lady. :)

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cherylone 4 years ago from Connecticut

Carolinemd21, Hi, I smoked for many years, and finally quit when I found out my 13 year old was smoking. I couldn't tell him to quit if I was still puffing away. It has been more than 10 years and there are days when I think about lighting up once more. Terrible addiction. Hope you quit. I used herbs that you brew into your coffee. Worked wonders!

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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven Author

Hi Cheryl thank you for reading and your support!

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wisdom25 4 years ago from San Tan Valley

I don't smoke cigarettes but I do smoke Black & Mild. lol. I'm trying to quit myself. It be hard sometimes when you're at a stressful job and you gotta take that couple of puffs. Great poem! Much Love and Respect

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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven Author

Thanks so much Wisdom! Good luck to you. :)

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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

A beautiful poem you got here. I smoked once but had to quite. Thanks for sharing.

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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

because cigarette has an addictive substance that's why a person has a hard time getting away from it...

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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven Author

Hi Anjill thank you for reading. Glad you quit! :)

Hi Raciniwa you are so right! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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