I touched her mind and took her body

when she was just a child,

on summer days in hidden fields,

just me and her, alone.

Our little secret.


The first time, she was hesitant;

worried that she’d choke

or I would hurt her slender throat,

leave her aching and inflamed.  

She soon got used to it.


It wasn’t legal, but no one really cared

as much back then. They sent their kids

to me, unquestioning.  Put myself inside their hands

to keep their little fingers busy.

Gave them something else to suck instead

of lollipops.


And as she grew, the tables turned.

She wanted more from me than I did in return.

I am only one of many now. My loyalty,

ephemeral, is dashed against the floor;

underfoot, spent, misunderstood by all.


It’s different now, of course.

I don’t feel remorse for what I’ve done

because I’m evil. I’m a marriage

made in heaven and in hell.

You try and leave me.

See how far you get.


She’s my Lolita; they are all my little lovers.

Everyone who ever put me to their lips

in unison, created an addiction only therapy will help,

and even then, the shadow that I cast

is long and lasting


for I am Nicotine,

your dirty little habit.


NaPoMoWri 2019

◄ Scopaesthesia

Immaterial ►


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Laura Taylor

Thu 18th Apr 2019 09:11

Ta Jennifer and Jason

And Jason - same!! 11 when I had my first pack of 10 Embassy! Can't stand vapes - they make me cough even worse!

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Jason Bayliss

Wed 17th Apr 2019 18:30

Brilliant and poignant. I was 11 when I tried my first cigarette and 13 when I started proper. Don't smoke em anymore but still vape, so just replaced one thing for another really. Love this.

J. x

jennifer Malden

Wed 17th Apr 2019 18:30

Very clever indeed! Jennifer

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Laura Taylor

Wed 17th Apr 2019 16:27

Hehe 😀 Cheers mucker!

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 17th Apr 2019 15:49

nah fuck it 😉
loved this one Laura - dark and also - have you got a light boy 😉

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Laura Taylor

Wed 17th Apr 2019 15:05

Thanks folks! I ALMOST put a trigger warning on this, for the first time ever, but then thought nahh, fuck it 😉

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Don Matthews

Wed 17th Apr 2019 14:49

Oh, you led me on nicely Laura. I was thinking all sorts of dark things.

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Wed 17th Apr 2019 14:36

Good one!

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Laura Taylor

Wed 17th Apr 2019 13:31

Cheers Trev!

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Trevor Alexander

Wed 17th Apr 2019 13:15

Clever piece! 👍

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Laura Taylor

Wed 17th Apr 2019 12:51

Day 17, Napowrimo 2019

Today's prompt: write a poem that presents a scene from an unusual point of view, eg, Newton’s discovery from the perspective of the apple,or something as everyday as a rainstorm, as experienced by a raindrop.

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