Ode to a cigarette

Yasmin Jensen Giménez

The cigarette is a window into the contradictory world of addiction in this work. It is both the ‘fatal associate’ and ‘serene’ and ‘graceful’, a figure of desire and repulsion explored in the voice of free verse.


This cigarette

in a cardboard coffin,

a condemning nail.

To some,

it may

sound deranged,


it calls

to me, The Fume.

A fatal associate:

serene, graceful,

captivating, and yet

the thirst is

never quenched.



Yasmin Jensen Giménez


brightONLINE student literary journal

10 Aug 2012