The Cigarette Break

The office is split
along nicotine lines

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

a solidarity forged
outside the building,
in the elements
for the essential

cigarette break,

comradeship in the line of fire,
friendships forged in the furnace
of office gossip,

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



Note: For my good friend and bestie workmate Lynne Biggs who (I recently found out) passed away from lung cancer.

Looks like the anaconda may have won 😦