Valued Victims

Valued victims, sorry I meant clients held in honorable esteem
Did we help you realise your adolescent dream
Valued victims, did we turn you into debonair sophisticates
Did we deliver what we promised, an image that is first rate

Valued victims, your patronage is very important for our wealth
Can you please keep buying cigarettes, don't worry about your health
Because your health is not important, not to us and not to you
Just keep buying cigarettes, that's what we would like you to do

Valued victims, we think it is your very right to smoke
We would like you to that right constantly invoke
And if your breathing sometimes seems a little laboured
Just keep smoking, you'll be doing us a favour

(Sydney, Australia - 2005)

by Alessandra Liverani

Comments (2)

I'm a proud victim, and don't worry, I'll keep lighting up. I'm yours eternally, my body is yours, and may cigarettes have their way with it.
I'm just amazed to see how many people spend thousands of dollars per year for those cigarrettes! Just horrible. Great poem. Sincerely, Mary