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When the coughing stops

and you are still counting the hours

and doing breathing exercises to take away
the cravings

you catch a glimpse of self
realising how pathetic it all is
and casually reach out for another
cigarette

which you shouldn’t smoke
and you know will taste
like shit but the pleasure
of breaking that rule
your own
is always worth it
and really it will taste of naughtiness
and when was the last time you were truly naughty
truly
naughty

Once that would have been me
the you that looks at these lines
wanting to cross all of them

but tonight
i have chosen to remain
in subdued form
following a trend
conventionally

smoke free

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