A Cigarette

A Cigarette


Dawn, yes and the mist, what else do you
expect on lake Martin early and summer?
Swamp cypress dripping with Spanish moss.
I have stopped rowing, water swirling around
Oar blades, the silence is absolute I dare not
Inhale, a bird shrieks, the lake shudders
An evil thought has entered Paradise, I hear
The faint noise of outboard motors,
The moment of ethereal stillness has gone,
I lit a cigarette inhale deeply, exhale and blow
Rings a pure delight into morning air.

by Oskar Hansen

Comments (3)

favorite lines: Where thief won't break in and steal Where life will no longer be on wheels Where the enemy won't be hard at your heels Seek to find you some salvation deal i think this poem was in a showcase in January 2016, but it deserves to be in January 2017 as well, Section C. besides, now i don't need to write such a long poem comment this time! ! thanks. bri :) and to MyPoemList
ok. so i guess in Heaven there will be no (and no need for) : 1- mothballs 2- Rust-Oleum 3- police OR 4- tire stores - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - i like the title, the rhyming, and the flow. the story is clear. IF YOU would like, i can use this in Section A of September 2016's showcase for PH poets. bri ;) let me know your wish(es) . thanks. p.s. exactly WHAT or WHO is/are ungodly****? ? Valsa, bless her heart, refers in her comment to the wicked. is there a difference? i AM NOT WICKED! well, not usually! :) bri **** un·god·ly ˌənˈɡädlē/ adjective adjective: ungodly; comparative adjective: ungodlier; superlative adjective: ungodliest irreligious or immoral*********. ungodly lives of self-obsession, lust, and pleasure synonyms: unholy, godless, irreligious, impious, blasphemous, sacrilegious, profane; immoral, corrupt, depraved, sinful, wicked, evil, iniquitous ungodly behavior informal unreasonably early or inconvenient. I've been troubled by telephone calls at ungodly hours synonyms: unreasonable, unsocial, antisocial, unearthly, godforsaken ================== *********why does/do there 'have to be' more than one definition? ? ? ? ?
Save up treasures in heaven Where moth and rust cannot destroy Where thief won't break in and steal You have summed up a true Christian's belief in a beautiful way! Yes, on a certain day the Lord will come to reward the righteous and punish the wicked. Those who have treasures in Heaven can rejoice!