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Book 5 Page 2
They walk pass my house
on their way to school,
as they play the cool.
(a smoker of many years,)
washing out their young little naive ears.
“Hey kids!" I imagine saying to them,
"don’t you know what that stuff does to your lungs!?
you’ve got your whole life ahead of you,
you’re only young!”
But Ha! what notice would they take,
would they stop and listen to what I say?!
Just because I am dieing of cancer
on this bright summers day.
Just because I now regret
all my smoking years.
Just because I am dieing,
would an example like me make them hear?
But O! I’d wish I had listened
to what my parents had said.
For in a few short months I feel,
I will soon be dead.
I have lung cancer,
brought on by cigarette smoke.
I tell you kids!
and I do not joke,
You can smoke if you want to,
argue back and disagree.
but I simply say, "each time you take another drag.... just think of me!"
© Written by Dominic John Gill www.poetry.net.au 29/6/99 email@example.com