Treasure Island

Linda Winchell

(still working on it! / Chicago Illinois)

' A Smokers Pledge'


I promise to quit smoking soon
I'm down to a pack and a half.
And when I do, I pledge to me and you
I will never, I'm never ever going back!

I know that it is an addiction
and very expensive
and it really stinks!

But the feel I get
from each smoke with coffee
Is all I sometimes can feel or think.

I want to be healthy one day
not be out of breath while walking up a flight of stairs.
And not always hear you complain to me
but I know it's because you really care.

This is my smokers pledge to you
And I'm going to sign it when I'm through.
But not until I've had this cigarette
will I be sending a copy of this, 'Smoker's Pledge' off to you!

Submitted: Monday, October 27, 2008
Edited: Monday, January 19, 2009

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  • Atsid Nehtoitem (5/25/2013 5:36:00 PM)

    I'd sooner die than give up smoking, I pledge to smoke until my ciggies bring me to my coffin. (Report) Reply

  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (1/1/2010 5:44:00 PM)

    want to be healthy one day
    not be out of breath while walking up a flight of stairs.
    And not always hear you complain to me
    but I know it's because you really care....................ya strong resolve and true love can achieve impossible and this is pledge one must wait to see it realize...lovely piece....10

    read mine /survival//at bay...fine without u (Report) Reply

  • Shirley Hanley (12/22/2009 3:20:00 PM)

    Hello Linda... I'm confused about your 'Smokers Pledge'... in your biography you say you do not smoke... is this poem speaking of someone else? In January of 2010 I will have been a non-smoker for 11 years... unfortunately I quit after the damage was done [I suffer COPD], but fortunately before it killed me. LOL

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all the smokers still smokin' away... that's a demon that doesn't want to let go easily and make no mistake about it... it is a killer, and if it doesn't kill you it will put a catch in your get-along! (Report) Reply

  • george george (11/30/2009 9:35:00 AM)

    Haha! very clever piece! may you find the strength to honor your pledge so that you can remain with us to write more wonderful poems! (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (10/24/2009 9:24:00 PM)

    great piece Linda...and words at such an ease! i liked the sarcastic humour and truth inside this enjoyable write...thanks...10 (Report) Reply

  • Gayle Anne Goff (6/19/2009 8:41:00 AM)

    MISS LINDA ANOTHER ONE TO START THE MORNING WITH. '' A''GREAT''ONE
    READ IT TO MY HUSBAND HES SITTING HERE WITH HIS CUP OF COFFEE
    AND HIS CIGARETTE, AND AS ALWAYS I'M SITTING TYRING TO DRINK MY
    COFFEE BEWTEEN THE GAGING AND COUGHING. BUT ALL OF YOU KEEP
    ON ENJOYING THOSE KILLERS. JUST KIDDING LOVE YOUR POEMS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    YOU MAKE PH A FUN PLACE TO BE WITH YOUR POEMS, . (Report) Reply

  • Nia Riz (1/26/2009 11:18:00 AM)

    you wouldnt smoke until you had a last puff...lol...i loved it!

    Nia (Report) Reply

  • Vern Eaker (1/21/2009 3:04:00 AM)

    Fantastic it was so sincere then gave me a chuckle as you needed that last smoke before you signed, it was just so cute. thank you. I gave it an 8 and I will rarely give a 10. @}; - (Report) Reply

  • Martin O'Neill (1/19/2009 11:10:00 AM)

    Hope you made it! I used an old psychology trick, I told everyone I had ALREADY given up and no longer smoked. After a short while of telling everyone I didn't smoke, lo and behold, I didn't! That was Jan1st 1989. Still nicotine free. (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Edmond John (1/19/2009 9:52:00 AM)

    Hello Maama..
    These Lines are meant for me..
    but unkept promises is always the plight of any man who cant fight seduction.
    These lines are salient..cheers Maama.
    The Sage
    Anthony Edmond John
    +2348020984990 (Report) Reply

  • Bob Blackwell (1/15/2009 12:31:00 PM)

    Linda, as an ex -smoker of 20years, i can still remember those broken promises to those that needed to hear them. Today however I wish i had never started as the results of all those years I did smoke, effect me still today. A worthwhile write, I know you don't smoke yourself, because I read your biography. Bob (Report) Reply

  • April Breeland (11/10/2008 9:22:00 PM)

    What a unique subject. So profound. I have a mother who smokes 2 cartons or more a week. I HATE IT. I don't come from the smoker prospective but I do love the poem that it says you are willing to try not b/c of expense but because of health. But that you still add that it is expensive. If this is real in your life I truly wish you the best of luck. GREAT POEM! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • James Roberts (11/10/2008 8:45:00 AM)

    Inengland they have stoped smoking in pubs so now I never get a chance and asa for alcohol who wants it when you can't have a ciggi.I lost count how many times I tried to stop before! A great poem recounting memories of struggles past
    happy coughing
    jim (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (11/9/2008 7:50:00 PM)

    Straight from the pen of truth, of a white-stick addict...How i know...i was there...and i too was down to 1/2 a of 1 a day....and how i watched the clock, for that 10pm reward for 23 hours & 55 minutes of abstinance....Unfortunately, for me...i kept to that 1/2 drill so long...it eventually worked back into 1/2 pack per day....I have been nicotine-free for 12 years this coming January 8th.My conqueror? ...Open-Heart surgery at 38, for a congenital cardiac birthdefect (Heart Murmur) , which ironocally had nothing to do with my smoking, but because i was in the hospital for 2 weeks...i withdrew from the nicotene & never went back to smoking.You can do it, Linda...and when you do....you will feel sooooooo euphoric!
    Ooopppsss....Great Penning....very inventive write!

    F j R (Report) Reply

  • Sathyanarayana M V S (10/31/2008 2:16:00 PM)

    Hey thanks! I've someone to share my feelings. This is a great, funnily true piece of art..As a smoker I acknowledge this feeling of addicts. (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (10/29/2008 1:27:00 PM)

    ____________________________________________
    Should I keep mum or say we are like that only.Thinking.
    ____________________________________________ (Report) Reply

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