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Lucky Strikes Again

Updated on January 18, 2014



The headlines read,


For his fortuitous, uncanny,

Ability to win.


Given “Lucky” for a name,

Cycling was his game,

And this would be,

His means to wealth and fame.


He seemed undaunted by sickness,

A mechanical or an ill-timed puncture.

He appeared immune,

To any deteriorating conjuncture.


He led a monk’s life and had no vice,

But for an occasional LUCKY smoke.

So it would seem, he captured his dream,

For he was a lucky bloke.


But his unlucky fate wouldn’t come so late,

Lest we should all forget.

He stuck to his creed and puffed his weed,

And expired from his cigarette.


So take a drag for Lucky,

By all means make it a Turkish blend.

You meant to quit but have another hit,




~Micky Dee~





cleaner fresher - smoother!

William “Cecil” Yates

In June 2009, Fignon revealed that he was undergoing chemotherapy for metastic cancer. Fignon's cancer was diagnosed in April 2009 after being found in his digestive system. In January 2010, his doctors discovered that the cancer had originated in his lungs. After a one year battle, Fignon died of the disease at Pipit-Salpetriere Hospital on 31 August 2010, at 12.30 pm local time. He was 50 years old.

Said fellow former champion Greg LeMond:

"It's a really sad day. He had a very, very big talent, much more than anyone recognized. We were teammates, competitors, but also friends. He was a great person, one of the few that I find was really true to himself. He was one of the few riders who I really admired for his honesty and his frankness. We talked about a lot of different things outside of cycling and I was fortunate to really get to know him when my career stopped. I believe he was also one of the generation that was cut short in the early nineties because he was not able to fulfil the rest of his career. But he was a great rider." (Wikipedia)

Smoke and Choose

So many brands from which to choose,

To assist as you self-abuse.

But no matter how they rolled 'em,

I coulda told 'em,

They shoulda never sold 'em.

If you continue to smoke - you lose.

~Micky Dee~


JoeDiMaggio, a heavy smoker for much of his adult life, was admitted to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood Florida, on October 12, 1998, for lung cancer surgery, and remained there for 99 days. He returned to his Florida home on January 19, 1999, where he died on March 8. (Wikipedia)

Many athletes smoked.

Staying trim was a great reason to smoke.

Actors smoked.

Airplane pilots smoked.

Clowns lit up.

Dummies smoked.

Intellectuals were sure to smoke.

Some presidents smoked because trees caused pollution.

There were rules of etiquette for acquiring correct taste.

More doctors smoked Camels of course.

Lucky People


Take us back to yesteryear,

Back to when we all recall,

Back when people just dropped dead,

For no apparent reason at all.



~Micky Dee~



And science can't be wrong.

Soldiers smoked.

Things were different back in World War I. I remember, as a Marine in the Vietnam War, I wanted ammunition most of all.

You can trust the police to give you good direction.

Santa Claus enjoyed a good cigarette.

Dogs smoked and poodles had their brand.

Many bulldogs preferred a good cigar.

The smarter monkeys smoked.

There were so many reasons to smoke.

Smoking symbolized freedom.

Cigarettes And Cycling

Cycling and smoking go hand in hand.

And if it's a mountain that you will ascend,

You may want to light one up,

Before you make those pedals spin.


Inhale deeply, then repeat.

And if your lungs seem out of kilter,

Take a few deep puffs,

Without the filter.


Take my advice,

And you'll have me to thank,

But you can't climb some mountains,

Towing an oxygen tank.



~Micky Dee~


It seems some life forms aren't taken in by advertisements and propaganda.

If you remove enough good air in your life - you will shorten that life.

This is not to demean smokers (or no more than a lot of folks).

A good environment with healthy habits and good intentions can go far.

We can evolve to do extraordinary deeds.


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    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      4 years ago from Great Britain

      This was fabulous. I cannot imagine where you found those amazing old photographs., and so many of them.

      Great work, Micky.

    • creativeone59 profile image

      benny Faye Douglass 

      4 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Micky Dee, you haven't lost it you're still doing great things with your poetry. I enjoyed Lucky Strikes Again. Faye

    • jhamann profile image

      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      One of the happiest moments of my life was quitting that foul habit. It dragged me down for so many years. What a great hub with poetry and incredible illustrations. Thank you. Jamie

    • jandee profile image


      4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Micky How thoroughly you have done the work on this hub.Sadness -my brother was one died through the 'fags' ... How they pushed them ! Doctors without morals.

    • Hummingbird5356 profile image


      4 years ago

      Nobody thought of the risks of smoking in the past. If anyone was injured, the first thing anyone did was to light a cigarette and put it in his mouth while they were waiting for the ambulance.

      A very good and well researched hub.


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