An Adult Smoking and Coping (A Fantasy): Picture it and write

Smoking is a mature way to cope with our feelings about life… a little kid inside a grown-up’s body. Let’s watch the little kid…

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An Adult Smoking and Coping (A Fantasy)

I don’t care what they say or do.
Who do they think they are?

I am not going to change or be the one that backs down on this.
I did the last time, but they are not going to run my life this time.

I’ve come too far to go back now.

Gloria, are you listening to me?

Turn around and stopping watching what’s going on back there.
It’ll just make them think we care.
And your hands on your hips are a great touch of attitude, but looking back like that only gives them more power.

You need to smoke. Turn around. A cigarette will take your mind off what they’re trying to do to us.

You do realize it’s us… not just me.
Damn it, Gloria, turn around. Don’t let them run your life.

Randy Mazie


13 thoughts on “An Adult Smoking and Coping (A Fantasy): Picture it and write

  1. Pingback: Picture it & Write: An Adult And Coping (Addendum) | Words & Pictures

  2. This is kind of a crazy “backwards look”, Randy. 😉

    I hear that a lot… that the cigarette helps cope in some way. “My nerves are shot, I need a cigarette.” “I’m so stressed out right now, where are my cigarettes?” It’s like they said in Total Recall. I don’t remember the exact quote, but the Rekall guy said our memories are only a series of chemical reactions telling us this is what we remember.

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