The cigarette break

The office is split along nicotine lines

smokers get the breaks
smokers get the breaking news
there’s power in the union of the smokers

a solidarity forged
outside the building
in the cold

cigarette break

comradeship in the line of fire
friendship forged in the furnace
of office gossip

crossing the nicotine lines
is harder for smokers
than extracting oneself from the grip of an

anaconda.