John Thorkild Ellison

(17/04/51 / Edinburgh)

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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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  • * Sunprincess * (4/29/2014 10:45:00 PM)

    ......hope you aren't serious when you say smoking cigarettes is fine.....cigarettes have killed more people than every war combined....congratulations on member poem of the day... (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (4/29/2014 7:56:00 PM)

    You have certainly shared with us an interesting write. Funerals can be an amazing celebration of ones life. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus (4/29/2014 10:21:00 AM)

    What an odd ditty. Never read its likeness before. You've offered something different, unique. It begs for more development, though. It's somewhat abbreviated, and I was wanting more of the story when it ended. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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 (Report) Reply

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