Cigarettes

The way smoke drifts from your lips
reminds me, somehow, of love.

The chill of winter
holds me as close
as I wish you would

while I watch you consume cigarettes like heartbreak
until the sky between us is clouded over with you.

© Keighley Perkins

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About handshedown

Keighley Perkins is a Cardiff-based poet whose influences include Anis Mojgani, Selima Hill and Richard Brautigan. Her work has previously been published in "Acumen", "Elbow Room", "Erbacce", "Fire", "Northwind" and "Obsessed with Pipework". She can also be found online on Twitter at @handshedown. View all posts by handshedown

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