Sunday, 30 December 2012

Magpie 149


EPITAPH

A smouldering pile of fag ends
Are all that's left of Jane.
She gave up smoking twice a year
Then took it up again.
And emptying that last ashtray,
We struggle to ease our pain.
But we try to think of it like this;
Our loss is Heaven's gain.

(With thanks to Tess at Magpie Tales for the picture)

35 comments:

  1. Well done! With such in mind, it's back to the drawing board for me. I know many who have quit, started, quit, started...

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    1. I don't smoke, but know hard it is to give up. Good luck, Yvonne!

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  2. Guess this comes under the heading of black humour?!

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  3. A friend, a heavy smoker, had a massive stroke a few months ago. She may not be 'Heaven's gain' for many years yet but she has found Hell whilst she is still here on earth. If your superb ditty stops one person smoking Frances it will have been even more of a masterpiece than it is superficially.

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  4. "Heaven's gain" was clever, witty and mordant - mostly mordant.

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  5. YES! A lot of us are writing this same refrain- we miss our friends and our family who chose tobacco over us.

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  6. Brilliant! I'm tempted to send it to my daughter-in-law who gives up regularly, though I'm not sure it would do much for family relations.

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  7. Brilliant, indeed. 'Our loss is heaven's gain' - chilling.

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  8. I agree - brilliant clever write Frances.

    Anna :o]

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    1. Thanks, Anna (tho mine are never as good as yours!).

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  9. This would sit very well in the Government's anti-smoking campaign. Brilliant writing.

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  10. Great way to finish the year. I know two people I am hoping will give up again. Am tempted to send them this but don't want 2013 to start with a family fall out.

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    1. Don't do it, Lynne. We all need our families!

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  11. Yes, we have lost many a beautiful soul to the cigs....lovely write Frances!

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  12. nicely written Frances....thanks for sharing your words

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  13. Your language is much different here than an American poet's would be. And in this case, I believe it is also much better.

    Very nice.

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    1. Some of my favourite authors are American!

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  14. Very good. I hope it encourages a few people to give up and breath easier.

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  15. I haven't read the other comments yet, but this post is absolutely macabre! Good work!

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