Polly

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Healthy

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We are banned
We are banned
We are banned, banned, banned …
From public places,
Restaurants,
Clubs,
And pubs,
In fact,
Anywhere indoors.

We are banned
We are banned
We are banned, banned, banned …
An irony,
Equality,
As restaurants,
Clubs and pubs,
Close their doors,
For the last time.

We are banned
We are banned
We are banned, banned, banned …
You see our breath,
As we
Inhale, exhale;
Clad in cravats,
Warm gloves and hats,
No caveats

We are banned
We are banned
We are banned, banned, banned …
Imbibing toxins,
Vapour.
We too read the paper.
We are prepared for
Rain, ice, snow.
We know

We are banned
We are banned
We are banned, banned, banned …
Where’er we swarm
We weather
Storms.
Free to
Talk. Pour scorn,
Shiver, cough, inform, outperform.

We are banned
We are banned
We are banned, banned, banned …
Build up
Resilience.
The irony …
The tyranny …
Splutter in symphony,
Cacophony.

We are banned
We are banned
We are banned, banned, banned …
Those who pause
To sneer, condemn,
Are warm, indoors,
Oh, lucky them;
Cosy, toasty,
Colds and flu,
Hacks and sniffles, noses blew …
Healthy.

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16 thoughts on “Healthy

  1. Yep, the smoking ban. It’s definitely got flaws…. and that’s coming from a non-smoker!

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    • I am a non-smoker ~ fake fags don’t count, my doc tells me so ~ it still doesn’t do a whole lot for the balance of trade ~ it doesn’t do much for those who lost their livings ~ and the tobacco companies still pay more in revenue to the government than any other single tax-payer … makes you think … and what, exactly, has it done for our country?

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      • All I know – from a purely selfish perspective – that it’s really annoying walking along the main drag to town on a Friday night – as ghetto-ised smokers are spilling out on the pavement as there’s nowhere for them to actually smoke!
        See, purely selfish on my part. 😉

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  2. Though I’m a non-smoker who prefers smoke-free interiors, I can’t help but feel sorry for those poor souls huddled outside. Hopefully, it will prompt them to quit. I think you captured their experiences perfectly.

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    • I’m just sorry for those whose livelihoods have been destroyed by the ban ~ and sad that the British way of life is changed with so many of our pubs closed and still the government makes money from heavy taxes levied against the tobacco trade ~ cynical or what? It’s hypocritical at best, certainly ironic.
      Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known, a horrendous drug.

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      • I agree–the big companies help get people addicted, and then leave them to suffer the consequences. I’ve read articles about the economic struggles of pub owners in the UK as a result of these bans. I think businesses near you feel that impact more acutely than those in my own country.

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        • It’s tricky, Carrie, difficult to say, but for sure it’s changed Britain’s landscape, lifestyle, as more people forego a social life … which, we’re led to believe, was not the intention. To see so many youngsters lurking outside in the cold like so many prisoners in Auschwitz is not good.

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  3. We banned it here earlier than you lot. It was remarkable how quickly people got used to it. One ironic twist is that pubs and clubs tend to be smellier now than with the ban. Tobacco had its uses!

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  4. Love this Polly! I am an on-and-off smoker here in California, US and it’s really difficult to go ANYWHERE to smoke…So your poem really rang true…especially since there are so many “non” smokers who hypocritically just smoke “socially”…:-O

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    • Goodness, social smoking, I’d almost forgotten there was any such thing! It always tickles me to see non-smokers braving the elements so they can talk to smokers … Cheers Jamy 🙂

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  5. Very effective use of repetition to “hammer” in your point. The issue of smoking in public places is sticky. I so support individual rights but as a non-smoker don’t like second hand smoke.

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  6. Great poem – very thought provoking – loving the use of Cacophony and caveats – very skilful 🙂

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