cigarette? still laughing!

she’s a stroller
with teeth
false ones that shine bright
like ill-fitting pickets
behind a rictus of lips

and that particular laugh
heh heh heh Heh HEh HEH HEH
that would work best
around a cauldron
in a group of three

with thunder

beady-eyed chief scrounger
her stroll is always
in pursuit
of an unfinished cigarette
a butt-end that can be manipulated
to provide the elusive last drag
or a light
to get the
damn thing going

on sunny days
the cackle
filters down the slope of the yard

from where she reclines
on the hostel’s broken chaise lounge
and chortles to a private amusement
from the apex position
that commands a view
of every likely location
and repository
for a careless discard

retrieved swiftly
like the bright flash
of descended lightning
while the fag-end still bravely salutes
with the rise of a sinuous blue wisp

oh yes
this is the good life

heh Heh HEH

© Frank Prem, 2015

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