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The Last Puff
By Brian Fernandes

July 26, 2013


The Last Puff

A new beginning is what I need

My lungs are about to bleed?

I hope that it will soonest start Ė

delay is but a malignant seed.

 

My mindís all made up,

Cozí I fear the end,

Iíll do it soon

Iíll not extend.

 

Is it now, or later today?

Will I, or wonít I ?

Itís a decision,

thatís colored grey.

While the end seems far

the beginningís near

Can I stay the distance?

Is my interim fear.

Iíve done it before

Iíve had good starts,

but then, as always,

thereís been nothing more.

 

I watch with glee,

the wispy wavy vaporous gray

that lingers in the air.

and flick the staining residue

that adorns my gleaming shoe.

For the last time, or so I think,

I tauten my lips around the end;

And enjoy,

the tangy taste, the sharp intake

of a deep breath and C O two.

 

 I feel the rush, as I round the bend,

and I rest assured,

That for the moment

 Iím on the mend.

But what if, my painful end,

My greatest fear

is coming near?

A new beginning

is what I need, before

I start to bleed.

 

But, again Iím sure,

that once I cease,

Iíll have to seek,

perhaps to find,

the profound answer

to the naughty question

of what will I do

with my nicotine obsessed mind?

Certainly,

Iíd pop the sweets,

with regularity, and risk

obesity and diabetes.

Thereíll always be jeers,

and maybe, just maybe

a few more beers

 

A new beginning? I'd like that.

Oh yes! Iím sure I will;

with a committed heart,

Iíll get a good start,

but as the end nears

Iíll wonder again,

If Iíll abandon myself,

to the comfort

of my  fears.

 

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sebastin, mangaloreSunday, July 28, 2013
Nicely worded. Good one
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Alphonse Kurian, Kottayam/BangaloreSunday, July 28, 2013
Is the mind of the poet still debating on the course of action to be taken?
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Manohar Dsouza, Mangalore/BahrainSaturday, July 27, 2013
Nice piece of poetry, good work Brian.
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U V KINI, HYD from M'loreFriday, July 26, 2013
I love to huff n puff & huff n puff,
'till my lungs have had enough
Albiet 'tis only in the gym
to make my body tough enough.
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