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Sonnet to a Cigar

Kirsty A. Niven

The wintry midnight air cleanses my soul,
the amber streetlight giving off its glow.
The weary shit of life taken its toll,
I come out to smoke to forget my woe.


The crack of the lighter, the oaky smell –
its first light-headed puff kisses my lips,
its sickly singe a sexy kind of Hell.
The moon peeks through the clouds in stormy rips. 


The smoke waltzes upwards into the night,
ascending A Matter of Life and Death’s stairs
as a pretty stranger steps into sight,
his blue eyes overshadowing my cares. 


The bliss of Romeo y Julieta
tangled up in this star-crossed sonata.

Kirsty A. Niven lives in Dundee, Scotland. Her writing has appeared in anthologies such as Strength, The Alien Buddha’s Feminist Agenda and Landfall. She has also featured in several journals and magazines, including The Poet’s Republic, Cicada Magazine, Monstrous Regiment and Silk + Smoke. Kirsty’s work can also be found online on sites such as La Scrittrice, Anti-Heroin Chic and Poetry Breakfast.

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