AL ( / Wollongong, Australia)

Who Am I?

I'm a smoker, that's what I am
I'll have a smoke whenever I can
You see me standing outside the office
And I've got one of those things stuck in my orifice

I'm a smoker, that's what I do
I do it because I continually have to
I have to do it again and again
And again and again and again and again

I'm a smoker, that's my habit
I'm a bit like a floppy eared, frightened rabbit
If someone took my cigarettes away
I doubt if I'd make it through the day

I'm a smoker, have been for years
I've carried around the greatest of fears
The fear of not having a cigarette
Of starting at all is my one biggest regret

I'm a smoker, I'm stuck in a trap
I'm sick of breathing in all that crap
But I have to do it day after day
I made a mistake years ago, but forever I'll pay

(Sydney, Australia - 2003)

by Alessandra Liverani

Comments (2)

Yes, cigarettes are very addicting but it is nice to know there is help for people who 'want' to quit. Sad to say that not much will help unless the person 'wants' to stop. But being an ex-smoker, I can relate to these kinds of poems. I used to smoke almost 3 packs a day. I am happy to be about 7 years free from them now. I may have gone a bit bonkers without them at first, may be a bit bonkers now, but I am happy to be free of them and I am sure so are other people around me. Thanks for all you efforts in trying to tell the truth about smoking. Good poem.Sincerely, Connie Webb
You make me very thankful I don't smoke Alessandra. Great poem. Sincerely, Mary