Sunday, December 16, 2007

Cold Weather Wear, Part Three

Winter has qualities for the smoker
air breathed in warm
cherry burning bright
smoke hanging in front,
above,
all around
like a camping tent,
or an umbrella.
A shroud that
smokers shrug into
like familiar jackets.
Somehow it elevates the streets
to an interesting place,
where faces and people are warm
and more approachable.

When I used to smoke
I could stand there exhaling
and gaping at everyone
feeling new
and deeply potential.

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