It took me years of trying
to convince her to love me,

But it only took a few minutes
a small collection of words
not more than the time to smoke
one cigarette, king-size,
to break up with her
forever,

Forever is a long, long time
longer than a whole pack of lies
or, a bottle of broken promises

I can’t imagine
starting over again

I’d rather give up smoking
and make a toast to her health

A thought, a memory
a toast to time
not wasted…

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