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."

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