The chain smoker’s principle

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The chain smoker’s principle

I loathe emptying my ashtrays
Not so much out of some level of languor
of which I have been considerably blessed
but for aesthetic reasons,
for nothing looks so lonely as one solitary cigarette butt
lying spent on its side in an otherwise empty ashtray
amidst the scattered ashes of cigarettes past
like some carcinogenic secret elephant burial ground

as I contemplatively gaze at my lonely used filter
crushed callously into a quasi-cylindrical clump,
I light another stick of cancer
and hurriedly absorb the nicotine goodness
so as to donate a mate for the lonely butt

don't worry, as someone who suffers from acute loneliness
I feel your pain
poor little guy.