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    Holy Smoke: The Mysticism of Cigarettes and Wine

     

    I’ve figured it out

    Sarah and the cigarettes

     

    It’s a ritual

    Primordial

     

    And elemental

     

    Fire

    Water

    Earth

    And air

     

    The match

    Strikes

    The striking strip

     

    A flame

    Sparked

     

    Touched to the cigarette

     

    This product of earth and sky

    Which to earth and sky

    It shall return

     

    Momentarily

     

    An inhale

    A deep breath

    Another drag

    Another still

     

    This substance

    Of time

    And tobacco seed

    Of mineral damp

    mixed with the solar energy

     

    Returning

    As ash

    As smoke

     

    And finishing off

    This elemental and nearly, if not wholly,

    Holy communion

     

    Water transformed

     

    A sip of wine

     

    A medicine

    Soothing to body

    And

    Lightening to mind

     

     

    Warning: Smoking Kills!

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