Leaves Black: Poem (Video)

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Then check out my poetry book,Digging to China, released by Sweatshoppe Publications. This poem is in it, along with fifty others. Signed copies are available through Sweatshoppe Publications. It's also available on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

First published in the Crisis Chronicles


Leaves black

brown cured

with rum

whiskey vanilla,

crushed.


Pinch between

thumb, forefinger.

Shove into

wooden bowl

pack tightly.


Inhale,

watch

as they take fire.


Inhale sweet

danger

into mouth.


Exhale.


Nerves calm.


Inhale.


Head clear.


Taste lingers,

slightly bitter

mostly sweet,

hinted death.


Smell.


Live .


Lie back.

Exhale.





all rights reserved. copyright Justin W. Price, October 2011


Thanks for Reading.

A FREELANCE WRITER, HONORS STUDENT AND GOVER PRIZE FINALIST, JUSTIN W. PRICE (AKA, PDXKARAOKEGUY) CONSIDERS HIMSELF A POET FIRST AND FOREMOST BUT IS ALSO A SHORT STORY, BIOGRAPHER AND HUMOR WRITER. HIS POETRY COLLECTION,DIGGING TO CHINA, WILL BE RELEASED FEBRUARY 2ND, 2013 BY SWEATSHOPPE PUBLICATIONS AND IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON AMAZON AS WELL AS YOUR LOCAL BOOKSELLER.

HIS WORK WILL ALSO BE FEATURED IN BEST NEW FICTION (2014 EDITION), AND HAS APPEARED PREVIOUSLY IN THE RUSTY NAIL, EFICTION, THE CRISIS CHRONICLES, THE HELLROARING REVIEW, BURNINGWORD, SEE SPOT RUN AND THE BELLWETHER REVIEW. HE CURRENTLY SERVES AS MANAGING EDITOR OF EPoetry MAGAZINE AND THE BRIDGE ONLINE NEWSPAPER. HE PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS THE POETRY AND CORRESPONDENCE EDITOR FOR THE BELLWETHER REVIEW.

HE WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER, EDITOR, AND GHOST WRITER, AND IS WORKING TOWARDS HIS PH.D. HE LIVES IN A SUBURB OF PORTLAND, OREGON WITH HIS WIFE, ANDREA, THEIR LABRADOODLE, BELLA, SCHNOODLE, SAUVEE AND BLACK MOOR GOLDFISH, HOWARD WOLOWITZ.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Fiery. I appreciate that.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Midget. I'm glad you understood the imagery the way i meant it. A lot of folks don't!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Till. I'm glad you enjoyed the reading!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for sharing this piece, Gypsy.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Mike, thanks a lot for the support. I appreciate it. I love all you do for the poetic community on hubpages and everywhere else.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you, Torri. I'm pleased that you enjoyed this!


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Fiery Angel Arts 3 years ago from Providence, RI

Woohoo! Justin, this was so much fun to read and watch. Definitely unique... Congrats!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

The imagery is excellent, Justin!! Well done. Captures the tempting nature of tobacco.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I commented 15 months ago but had to comment again. I love the addition of the video. Your reading definitely adds to this hub!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Love your poetry readings. Now why are the words tobacco road going through my brain? Passing this on.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City

I enjoyed this awesome poem by you PDX, wonderful stuff man its very well written and such a smooth read. Thanks for sharing it with us on our poetry community there on FB. I will curate it into other locations for ya, nice!


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torrilynn 3 years ago

PDXKaraokeGuy,nice poem very simple and detailed at the same time. i love it. thanks. voted up.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Diana, thanks so much for stopping by. i view that as quite the compliment!


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Diana Trees 4 years ago from Atlantic City

Interesting. I like the shape of this work as it curls to resemble the smoke from the pipe: I think the best verse are the first and fourth. I especially like the idea (and line break) of sweet/danger.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

One more slight revision. 12/9/11


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

chicago- I'll probly still enjoy my pipe until the day I die :-)

Der- it was meant mostly as a tribute. Thanks for your enjoyment of this poem. Always nice to see you!


Derdriu 5 years ago

PDXKaraoke Guy: What a bittersweet tribute to the plant, the product and the user! You do a great job of identifying both the calming, insightful appeals and the unhealthy dangers of smoking.

Thank you for sharing, voted up, etc.,

Derdriu


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chicagoguy 5 years ago from Chicago ,USA

no more smoking !!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Xeno, there would be no point. I think by this point everyone knows it's bad for you :-) Thanks for reading and commenting!

Alexander, I've never heard that officially, but it makes sense. I just do it because it tastes good and reminds me of my grandfather.

Thank you both for taking the time to read and comment!


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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

This is a darker take on the pleasure of smoking than some would like. The sad part is that tobacco does clear your mind. I heard about a study that smoking cigarettes slightly increases your ability to think. Of course if that is the reason you smoke, you might as well switch to coffee! There is a stolen pleasure in smoking, especially cigars.


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Xenonlit 5 years ago

Good story poem and very evocative. I won't go and do any proselytizing about smoking. Voted up and awesome.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Just made a slight revision to this poem. 11/23/11


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks frank. Whatever you gotta do!


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

You are clever.. this Hub proves that.. but I admit when I date I get high so she would look good at night :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I used to smoke cigarettes. Now it's just pipe and the occasional cigar. Thank you for reading and for the compliments!


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

As a smoker this was both enjoyable and a reminder. Well written with a nice flow. I agree the "poll" was a cringe inducing.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

what was entertaining? The poem, or the drinking and smoking?


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Looky at you over here - you got the smokes, the rum! lol Very entertaining:)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

@ HUbert, my apologies. Sometimes sarcasm doesn't coome through via text.

@ Sue- what exactly were you expecting to happen?

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


Sueswan 5 years ago

I tried smoking years ago but it didn't do a thing for me.


Hubertsvoice 5 years ago

The suggestion was a joke.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

@ Hubert- thank you for your input. I think your idea is a good one, but I won't use it. I'm actually a fan of smoking pipe tobacco and i like the hint of danger. Adding death to it would severely take away the pleasure :-)

@Pink Umbrella- thanks for stopping by and for the compliments. I hope you enjoy my other works as well

@Racin- thanks again!


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

hehehe...what a funny way to say Sky9106...and yes, some people are addicted to smoking...but there are smokes that bring benefit to the body if used moderately like hashish...it cures lots of ailments...


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the pink umbrella 5 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

doing a poll and saying that cigaretts are my "favorite" really made me cringe, lol. nice work, i like your stuff.


Hubertsvoice 5 years ago

You captured the essence of pipe smoking. with the mention of the word carcinogenic you should have added as the final words in the poem, Lie back. Exhale. Die. It did bring a memory and a whiff of my grandpa's pipe, thank you for that. Well done.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I agree Sky! wat a great quote both of u


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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

That's amazing 'AE" don't worry honey the cancer will make you skinny!

That take the cake !

If I may say and say quite loudly,

"THE TRUTH WORKS EVERY TIME" May hurt for that moment, but that one moment, well spent!

Blessings...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I'm gla du enjoyed it, Uban.I was trying to capture the moment. Always Exploring, thanks also for sharing your story. There's so many things in this day and agethat can kill us. it's interesting that my uncle recently passed away from lung cancer (read aout him in my HUB FREE SPIRIT) and he never touched any tbacco product i his life. I'm glad u were able to quit!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I must say that i can relate. I smoked for years, finally quit eight years ago. It was very difficult, addiction, no matter what kind is embedded in the brain and the brain is a powerful force to deal with. I might add that i quit with the help from ( about.com smoking cessation ) They not only educate you, they walk with you. One day i was really in pain, wanting a cig. so bad, i typed, " I am not going to get fat, i would rather smoke than be obese " I received this reply, " Oh honey don't worry, when you get cancer you will be skinny " It worked. I didn't smoke. My motto, one-day-at-a-time. Thank you for allowing me to tell this experience..Cheers


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Wow! Lovely way you captured this act. Each moment written with flair. Awesome!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks! I appreciate your read!


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Andrea333 5 years ago

Yep, shared a cigar. 8 years later he married my best friend. Life's turns are interesting.

Thanks PDX. The relaxing imagery of your poem whirled up smokey visions of Gandalf...but better yet, my mom.

Love your stuff.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Ha, andrea. That's great. A cloves is so hipster :-) U should write a hub about your mom teaching u to smoke. That's an interesting story, I'll bet.

How'd things go witht hat cute boy? Did u share a cigar?


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Andrea333 5 years ago

My first tobacco experience involved my mother; my last tobacco experience involved my mother.

24 years ago, my mom, hoping to beat the peer pressuring punks of our local middle school to the punch, allowed my sister and me to smoke Clove cigarettes with her. The scene is still vivid in my memory; the three of us sitting "Indian-style" in our backyard inhaling all that sweet, warm goodness. My mother was a wise one; experimenting tobacco with her took the forbidden aspect out of it and neither my sister nor I ever smoked cigarettes again. Well. My sister did a little pot a few years down the road but that's beside the point.

7 years later, upon completion of my first high school play, my mother (herself not a smoker whatsoever), answered my concerned phone call. A fellow cast mate had smuggled in a cigar to closing night and wanted the two of us to smoke it. What should I do? Go out to the back of the school with the cute guy from my graduating class and celebrate? My mother's answer?

"YES!"

Thanks mom, for teaching me how to smoke.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

goood luck with quitting, Mobias and thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your feedback


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mobias 5 years ago from Forest Grove, OR

Very vivid with the choice of flavor words, and simplicity makes this poem. I've smoked for 15 years now..trying to quite right now. We'll see.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I still enjoy my pipe infrequently. It's one of the few vices I allow myself. I'm always sure to gargle and rinse afterwards to limit the contact with carcinogens.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

pdxkaraokeguy nice. Hope if you were a smoker like myself that you now quit, like myself, with the cigarettes . Well that's the way you let it flow, just let go .

It's a great reminder.

Blessings..

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