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One Last Cigarette  4.50 / 5
to Michele Lepore

Dear Michele – as someone once wrote –

you say you have lost

some life and a bit more: think

how beautiful it is and it will be to lose

again to find at the end of an alley

from another life, the sun (well,

not necessarily the dawn of tomorrow)

warming these cold days

giving strength to those who feel drained

Dear Michele – I’d like to cry

with you but you are not crying now

even though you must admit losing

at cards and (unfortunately)

a little at love (but people say otherwise)

catching butterflies and wasting

cents too sometimes

for a sandwich or for the unlikely last

cigarette that would mark a success of yours

Then I laugh heartily with you

going back to all the times we gave

something we had for granted

and when it vanished we kept a straight face

and we knew that from those moments

we always came out aware of being

(inevitably) who we had to be

– as we climbed up to goodness, the true kind

revealed at last in a stretched hand


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