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Poetry Can Damage Your Health

The day my doctor died of smoking
I bought myself a fat cigar -
I realised he must be joking,
His funeral was so bizarre:

A dwarf in multi-coloured clothing
Sang louder than the parish choir
And though my heart was full of loathing
I leapt upon the funeral pyre.

I'd often longed for such a roasting
And knew it was my friend's desire,
I shouted out 'We'll all be toasting
In Hell's incandescent fire! '

Don't be discouraged by this story,
Smoking cigarettes is fine,
Inhale them on your days of glory
And drink your fill of rich, red wine! !

Submitted: Friday, August 19, 2005
Edited: Friday, September 23, 2011


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  • Sandra Feldman (4/29/2013 3:27:00 PM)

    What a BAD message, really! !

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  • Jayne Davies (4/29/2013 12:07:00 PM)

    Well done! A Great read!

  • Gajanan Mishra (4/29/2013 7:05:00 AM)

    And what is health? what is the relation between poetry and health?
    So far my knowledge goes
    Health is matter, poetry is spirit my dear.
    Both are interlinked.
    See poetry as symbol of love affection and all goodness
    Love poetry as poetry loves you.
    You are to take care of your health
    Poetry is there to take care of you. okay. please reply.

  • A Whisper And A Clamor (5/3/2012 11:20:00 PM)

    This made me smile...

  • Soumya Pattanaik (4/30/2012 4:03:00 AM)

    an absolutely wonderful and funny poem.

  • Patti Masterman (4/29/2012 3:10:00 PM)

    My in-laws swear by undilute alcohol and unfiltered cigarettes! Blaze on, I say! Wonderful verse made me smile.

  • Manonton Dalan (4/29/2012 2:34:00 AM)

    it reminds me of my golfing buddy he always lights up a cigar on back nine.
    i always walk ahead of him and very far.

  • Sally Plumb Plumb (12/31/2010 12:32:00 PM)

    Another really good write.

  • Frederick Kesner (1/2/2008 4:54:00 AM)

    I liked the rhyming and the almost jestful way the ideas were put across.

  • Tatianna Rei Moonshadow (7/25/2006 12:51:00 AM)

    I absolutely loved this poem. It made me smile, thinking of my joke that I am smoking for the cancer. Beautiful work darling.

    Blessed be
    Tatianna Rei

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