Writings and Witterings

Smoking Bastille


It’s Bastille Day. The perfect excuse to eat cheese or smoke yourself silly [if that’s your bag!].

Smoking Bastille

Voltaire could neither put up nor shut up,
[he famously said, ‘Let us read … let us dance …’]
imprisoned twice in the Bastille,
his delight at
the fall of the smoking Bastille
would see major celebrations.
Fast forward to  …
Gauloises Disque Bleu,
[show-off] smoking.
Gauloises Disque Bleu.
Cough your way through them …
prisoners of nicotine,
echo Voltaire
in the Bastille,
Bruce Willis in Die Hard;
neither put up nor shut up.
Alain* was so hooked that chemotherapy was
smoking Gauloises Disque Bleu.

Polly Stretton © 2013

The video is of *Alain Bashung, a famous French singer who was such a fan of Gauloises Disque Bleu, it is said he refused to quit even during his chemotherapy.


15 thoughts on “Smoking Bastille

  1. Well done Polly!

    VIVA LA FRANCE!!! It will be a very long night, partying, music, dancing, food… Wish you were here! 🙂


  2. Stopped smoking years ago, but I’m not give up reading your poetry!


  3. I’ll take the cheese – and some fermented grape juice to go with it 🙂



  4. And despite it all, he could belt them out. Died young though.
    Interesting post, Polly. Nicely done.


  5. Awesome!! This sure made me miss my smoking days.. hehe,


  6. Crazy. Ive known people like that. K.


  7. This must be Johnny Depp’s brand as well. I NEVER condemn smokers; if anything, I feel sympathy. It’s an addiction like any other. And my mom, bless her, was sober the last 10 years of her life but could not kick the cigs. She feared it would put her back in the bottle again, so I supported her.

    The news I wish I could pass on to all smokers is this: Mom died after a short hospital stay, still hooked to the oxygen machine, kidneys failing… and also detoxing because they would not allow her a patch. Therefore, to all, I humbly say, think that one over. It’s never too late to quit! SHe went through hell and all she could say was “Bel-Air…”

    This piece, though, is jackhammer jammin, Polly. The comparison of the Bastille smoking to the singer smoking thru chemo… actually very poignant. Pushed all the right buttons for me, a brilliant metaphor. Amy


  8. Sad, wise words on the cig front. I’ve been using e-cigs for over a year, they’ve helped me kick it.

    Glad you enjoyed the metaphor 🙂


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