Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Poems: Giving Up Smoking
I'm redressing the balance of my cynicism and dedicating this one to Paul, my partner in addiction.
Giving Up Smoking
by Wendy Cope
There's not a Shakespeare sonnet
Or a Beethoven quartet
That's easier to like than you
Or harder to forget.
You think that sounds extravagant?
I haven't finished yet -
I like you more than I would like
To have a cigarette.
Unsurprisingly, Wendy Cope gave up smoking shortly before writing this poem. She wrote: "People who have never been addicted to nicotine don't understand what an intense love poem it is."