Smoking Cigarettes in a Blazing Summer ~ Bob Kesh

smokes photo

I remember a friend,
smoking cigarettes in a blazing summer.
Too hot to smoke comfortably.
“How can he smoke in this?”
someone said.

I saw what he wanted.
It wasn’t enough;
the sun,
the booze,
playing cricket in the heat.
He was grasping for
something more,
suffocating on those cigarettes,
struggling for a further

I understood it
and said to myself
“I’m with you.”
Drinking that extra rum
after already
five rums too many,
that extra hit
after your mind’s gone damp,
the extra push
after your body’s given out,
wheezing down those cigarettes in the blistering heat,
into the horizon,
looking for the edge.

Photo by euzesio (seldom here)


A writer and musician from London currently studying at the Faber Academy. Generally nocturnal, he can be found indulging in all the pleasures and pains of the night.

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