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A Funny Thing Happened

by Joan Serratelli

I woke up
and forgot
to smoke
It's afternoon
and I am still sans
cigarettes

What has happened
to me?
I'm looking at the pack
and I couldn't care less

I'm sitting here
without a cigarette
and I don't even care

I figured it out
....
I DON'T INHALE!

01/27/2010

Author's Note: This WOULD be FUNNY. I'm middle aged. I hhave been smoking off and on since the age of 15. My Mother always said that I NEVER inhaled. I guess she was right.

Posted on 01/27/2010
Copyright © 2021 Joan Serratelli

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Razel Davies on 01/27/10 at 05:41 PM

It's an itch. As long as you keep scratching, it'll still be there. Like most of the unpleasant things in life really. Ignore it for a little while and it'll disappear.

Posted by Therese Elaine on 01/27/10 at 06:59 PM

Hah I like this -I've always told myself that I should never say "I need a cigarette" but "I want a cigarette" the better to avoid tying having one together with any notion of feeling better or relieved. I never inhale past a certain point -I can't do those deep lung inhalations...sounds like you've managed to beat the system here!!!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/27/10 at 08:45 PM

I have to chuckle and think of all the people who say they tried it but didn't inhale. :) It's fun reading something a little lighter in your life. I like how you set the poem up - nice delivery.

Posted by Joe Cramer on 01/27/10 at 09:26 PM

... exceptional.....

Posted by Julie Adams on 01/27/10 at 09:44 PM

Way to capture a special moment, the thrill is captured in the short lines, and is shared with all your readers I am sure...and how wonderful an occurance, your lungs must be rejoicing...they say the moment u stop smoking your lungs immediately begin to heal...kudos on all levels, poet sans smoke...peace, jewels

Posted by William Brunk on 01/29/10 at 09:40 PM

this put a smile to my face...well done

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