Sunday, March 29, 2009

One Single Impression: Smoke

(Please scroll down for Shadow Shot Sunday.)

It has been FOREVER since I managed to squeeze anything out of my brain for One Single Impression and I have really missed both writing and reading. This week's prompt was "smoke." I kind of hate what I've got... but I really want to join in again even if I suck...

A small (belated) disclaimer about the cigarette poem in response to a few comments. I don't blame smokers for smoking. I hate that there is an addictive product out there being marketed to them. I have friends trying to quit and having a hard time. It bugs me that people are getting rich causing harm to others. Anyway, this isn't an anti SMOKER poem, it's an anti smoking poem.


Anonymous said...

Everyone always picks on the smokers and tend to forget all the vehicles on the road, the refineries, the mines and lest we forget about all the smoke from manufacturing plants. I guess cigarette smoking is a choice when all the rest are a necessity of life

bARE-eYED sUN said...

fields growing hemp . . . yeah! baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyybbbbbbbbbbbbbbyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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anthonynorth said...

Some hot protesting words on many smoky issues there.

Jeeves said...

Like the second one:)

Edward S Gault said...

Welcome back!-I enjoyed these, thank you.

Jukota said...

I've been gone for awhile too, and trying to get back into 'writing'.
Missed you on the sight. I like the reiki. Thanks!

Maggie said...

It is true that some weeds are treasures to some:)

I really prefer the smoke in a fireplace on a cold winter`s day.

I do have to admit I was not very considerate with my smoking when I was a smoker and I do realize how hard it is to stop smoking.

If it was not bad for the health...I would still be a smoker because when I smoked...I loved it.

Now, that I am older smoke smothers me so I can not be around it.

Pam said...

Welcome back. The second poem speaks of longing for what is probably not real-- we all feel that from time to time. Nice.

Barb said...

Hello, Raven! Nice to see you back again! Do you realize that one of the things I most remember about your poetry is that you always preface it with how much you hate it? You should really work on eliminating such negativity.

I truly enjoyed the second, as sitting in front of a cozy fire with loved ones is one of my favorite things to do. Actually, I also enjoy sitting in front of the fire alone as well! :]

maryt/theteach said...

Not doing OSI but I have been a smoker but have been smoke-free for 4+ years now and I'm so glad!

zoya gautam said...

Welcome back!-strong anti smoking statements!..

peppylady (Dora) said...

It amazing how smoke is use. When smoke comes out of chimney I think of a warm home with loving people.
When it comes to cigarettes. It doesn't bring warm thoughts. Even those who smokes it don't have warm thoughts actual it love hate relationship.

Coffee is on.

Deborah Godin said...

So glad you came back with these! An interesting take on the contradiction between kinds of smoke - it's a thing we can't quite 'paint with the one brush'!

Beth P. said...

Raven--so nice to have you back!

These were all good-but I sat with the pictures of your beautiful hands and felt warmth and strength. Thank you for taking the risk to put your gift out there in that way--

Many thanks--and don't leave us again, ok?

Quiet Paths said...

I too love the idea of hemp fields... back when rayon and nylon came into being the big producers of these materials managed to ban hemp production which was quite viable in agriculture. "It's too hard to tell it from weed" was their argument. They ended up burning all the fields. Wonderful idea. I also loved the Reiki poem very much. It's beautiful.

sgreerpitt said...

Welcome back. The second poem holds within it an important truth -- that certain images touch some archetypal truth within us, regardless of their connection to reality.

Jeff B said...

I may have to write a post dedicated to smoking. I don't want to fill your comment section with my ramblings, but suffice to say, I detest smoking and everything about it.

SoFine09 said...

I agree that we shouldn't blame the smokers for being addicted. It is the products fault. But one thing I wish that smokers didn't do. Is smoking in their cars and using the world as their ash tray. Otherwise I do hope that someday smoking will be eliminated from this earth.

SoFine09 said...

I agree that we shouldn't blame the smokers for being addicted. It is the products fault. But one thing I wish that smokers didn't do. Is smoking in their cars and using the world as their ash tray. Otherwise I do hope that someday smoking will be eliminated from this earth.

Edgar Rossi said...

I wish sucess.
I like it!

Nessa said...

I haven't had a cigarette in 22 years (I smoked over 2 packs a day) and I can still taste them. If I was allowed to smoke at my desk at work, I would still be smoking.

Batteson.Ind said...

Speaking as someone who's just given up, thankfully, the words are good! Smokers still smoking are quick to defend their act of smoking due to it "being addictive". Thing is, GIVE UP!... it's hard, but not impossible. !-)

Dr.John said...

Once it might have been true that the smoker has no responsibility for his or her addiction but not anymore.
We pulled the TV adds.
We spent millions telling kids the evils of smoking.
I even used to talk to school classes in terms of what it would cost them in cash in a lifetime. That figure is much higher now.
Still many of them took up smoking.
They have a responsibility.

Mojo said...

Of course you'd never advocate growing a controlled substance illegally right? ;)

And thanks for trying, but my back's still complaining. Probably me doing it wrong or something.

SandyCarlson said...

So many ways to look at smoke--poison, pleasure, illusion. How it affects our perspective!

Tumblewords: said...

Good to read your work again - The chimney poem is heartwarming and I'm sure I felt your Reiki energy. Thank you!

Carletta said...

I for one loved the smoking poem - it will be sent to my daughter.
The chimney poem was wonderful and sad at the same time.
The Reiki one was brilliant and clever!

Danny Boy said...

I thought your poem about cigarettes was excellent!! I have been a smoker for too many years. Quitting is hard I have tried many times. I do enjoy smoking only because I ignore what its doing to me. I wish that cigarettes were illegal. Smoking is a choice because all smokers know it is bad for you but at the same time it is an addiction.


Unknown said...

I really like the reiki scan. Very powerful!

Vikki said...

LOVE the blog and definitely this post. It took me getting pregnant to stop smoking the first time, and this last time, it took finding a husband who didn't want to kiss an ash tray. I haven't smoked for 2 years now. It's addictive, and I could never understand by some former friends grew tobacco when they were so anti-smoking! Beats me! BTW... like the reiki .. appropo. Vikki at

Amias (ljm and liquidplastic) said...

Hi Raven ... I couldn't agree with you more. My daughter has that addiction, and it's killing her.

I love smoking chimneys .. the smell is intriguing.

I accept your healing, now send me some more!

Vivienne said...

i smoked once because my friends dared me to. it's just like eating gum.

San said...

Nice trilogy of smoke impressions, Raven. I believe I've told you I did experience a Reiki healing once. It was kind of a sampling, not a long interval, but it was enough to make me a believer!

I'm not in the right space to receive your energy right now, but I will be back...

eastcoastlife said...

Many young people are smoking because they find it hip.

I'm not a smoker and try to avoid going to places that have smoking areas.

eastcoastlife said...

Oh, I have heard of reiki but have not tried it nor know much more than it's another form of healing therapy.

San said...

OK, I came back and sat for a moment. Closed my eyes and imagined healing energy coming from your hands. I felt a sense of calmness.

Sandi K said...

Nice poems. My husband finally quit tobacco after 20-odd years of it - I like kissing him again! You do good work - keep it up :)

Felisol said...

Dear Raven,
I tried the Reiki for my aching eyes.
Funny feeling sitting here.
After some minutes the itching relieved.

About smoking; I was a heavy smoker
for twenty years. My daughter's complaints made me make one last effort (with the help of God) to quit.
I made it chewing nicotine gum for a year.
Twelve years after I am still nicotine free. I remember promising my daughter as she became a teenager, if she as much as tried one cigarette, I'd start smoking again.
Till this day she do not smoke.
I also have the policy that smokers may smoke in my home.
I remember the feeling of being an outcast while being a smoker.

Like you I don't think anyone starts smoking voluntarily.
We have all seen those frightful documentaries about the extent the tobacco manufacturers are willing to go to, to make people addicted.

From Felisol

Jim said...

From bad smoke to good smoke to voodo smoke! I'll not argue with your take on the reiki (didn't say I agree).
I like these, I can identify with the first. I am a reformed smoker like Felisol. I make a scene sometimes but tobaco smoke gives me an instant sore throat and a headache.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog..was sweet. I'm glad you like the picture too...makes me feel a tad sheepish- ha son just quit. He said this time around is a bit easier due to it being American Spirit instead of camals? The second part-you wrote that (with the chimney)? Really nice-

one more believer said...

hi raven.. you are way too hard on yourself... everytime i come by and visit there is so much conveyed in your posts... especially so this one... i enjoyed the way you spoke so truthfully abt cigarettes but even more so abt the cozy family fire... it really touched my heart... thank you, renee

Felisol said...

Dear Raven,
I've been here today, picking up some reiki.
Thank you.

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