Roopa Menon

Rookie - 20 Points (11-05-1985 / Mumbai, India)

To Those Who Love Me - Poem by Roopa Menon

Brown, yucky and tasteless
Toxic monsters
All tightly bundled
Into a thin roll.
That's me!
Slim and handy
As I squeeze in between
Your fingers.
Burning my tail,
I turn into ashes and smoke
Surging my way
Through your mouth
To reach your lungs
Blocking arteries and veins on my way.
I hypnotize your cells
And they go dividing and dividing
Turning your lungs
Into a cancerous demon.
My dear children
Nicotine and tobacco-tar
Slowly eating you up,
Immersing you in their toxic bliss.
And you still enjoy me!
A tap on my back
Flicking off the ashes
As you smoke
I gleefully enter through the tiny hairs in
The tiny nostrils of
Your tiny little kids
B'cos blocking arteries
Is what I do
Whether its you or
People around you
What we share
Happens to be parasitism.
You burn me
And I burn your life.

I am burnt out now
Only the butt remains.
Throw me before I burn you.
And here you go
Lighting another me

I guess perhaps,
I am dearer
Than your family and your life.
But mind the spark in the butt
It's the spark of your life
Breathing and flickering now,

As I come to you again
I carry an expiry date
Certainly not mine.

Comments about To Those Who Love Me by Roopa Menon

  • (5/29/2009 3:39:00 PM)

    excellent..well done (Report)Reply

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  • (11/21/2006 1:04:00 AM)

    I loved this, Roopa... even if I am a smoker (hides face!)
    I agree with WJ, it really should be required reading! !

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  • (5/6/2006 9:02:00 AM)

    nice selection of subject Roopa. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/14/2006 1:52:00 AM)

    This should be required reading for every twelve year old who is thinking about starting to smoke. Well said, Roopa! Excellent images and a timely topic. Fine poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/1/2006 9:26:00 AM)

    a wise and compassionate poem
    telling a truth
    which must be told
    and here the images
    burning and fierce
    a fine poem

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, February 1, 2006

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