"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Magpie #149 Terminal Habits

image by R.A.D. Stainforth

Ashes to ashes
Until one lung collapses
Stubbing life out as we sigh
Not a sterling way to die

~~~~~~~~~~~~~



19 comments:

rel said...

smokers lie to themselves until it's too late; usually. In the end the romance disappears into the swirling smoke.

Jinksy said...

Too true!

Berowne said...

You summed it up beautifully, and powerfully...

Helen said...

He should be smoking Dunhills - if he insists on smoking!

Stephen Hayes said...

This picture, along with your words, should be made into a poster and hung in every high school in the country.

Bee's Blog said...

A terrible way to die. A good reminder here.

Celia said...

Heavy, the saddest deaths in our family were those experienced by the smokers, empheysema, lung cancer, major strokes. Stubbing out life indeed.

Margaret said...

couldn't agree more~ not sterling, indeed.

jasmine said...

Ha! Love your last line.

Catfish Tales said...

You're so right. A rather painful one at that!

messymimi said...

Very well put.

Carrie Burtt said...

Very true Kathe....hope you have a Happy New Year! :-)

Lyn said...

Truth in poetry...at last!! You did it...

Yvonne Osborne said...

Short and to the point. First one, then the other. Such a powerful addiction.

kaykuala said...

Reality not readily accepted by many! A long and slow road to awareness! Nice reminder Kathe!

Hank

Tumblewords: said...

Nice reminder, to be sure!

signed...bkm said...

You said it all in four lines...bkm

Kutamun said...

Quite a strange way to go, i couldnt agree more, Kathe

~T~ said...

Exactly! Well done.