IOI (7/4/1934 / Hebburn.Co Durham U.K)

Still Smoking A Rant

A cigarette will soothe away
the stress and troubles of the day.
That’s what the doctors used to say.
When I was young

When feel down and skies are grey
a smoke will drive the blues away.
That’s what the doctors used to say.
When I was young.

A smoke will help you work and play
and do no harm in any way
That’s what the doctors used to say.
When I was young.

New fads and fancies come along.
Without admitting they were wrong.
The doctors sing a different song.
Now I am old.

If they were wrong why should we
believe their latest theory.
The doctors sing a different song.
Now I am old.

Smokers die younger so they say
younger than who I ask today.
The doctors sing a different song.
Now I am old.

I have smoked since I was ten,
part of my daily regimen.
The doctors sing a different song.
Now I am old.

Presumably I should be dead.
If I believed the lies we’re fed
The doctors sing a different song.
Now I am old.

The choice is yours to quit or smoke.
Myself I treat it as a joke.
The song the doctors sing today.
I am quite old

Both smokers and non smokers die
which I accept I don’t ask why
Despite the song the doctors sing.
I’m still smoking.


(7-Aug-07)

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Comments (3)

Poet, I so agree with this poem. What a doctor tells you one day, the story seems to change the next. Spectacular Poetry.......
Hi Ivor Yes this non smoking campaign has gone too far, it makes it seem that anyone within 50 paces of a smoker could be at fatal risk. I used to smoke and gave up after an operation but we should all be free to choose. Everyone dies from something and many more from being overweight than from smoking, why pick on smokers so much what about food, alchohol, chewing gum............. Good poem Ivor, thanks from David
I think it was Oliver Reid who said 'Don't drink, don't smoke, don't eat vegetables - die anyway.' Loved this Ivor (as an ex-smoker who hasn't got round to the not actually smoking part yet!) Hugs Anna xxx