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Aoife Mannix


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Giving Up Smoking

The smell from the old cigarette factory

hangs around the school yard, warm and familiar.

Surely I can't be nostalgic about pollution?

But when I see the John Players Wills sign being removed,

and hear there'll be luxury apartments,

I can't help but remember

the first time you offered me a cigarette.

Blowing smoke out the bedroom window

into a night as soft and close as eternity.

In my head you'll always be 1950's black and white.

Cool, dangerous,

and a habit I can't seem to break.


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