Poetry for a cause….

October 11, 2007


She flicks her last cigarette
on the ground and steps on it
then grabs a broom to sweep
the street of the ashes
that remind her of him.
She doesn’t stop
until the asphalt is clean–
no filters left in the ditch,
until there is only the quiet
that comes after the sound
of the last embers fizzle out
like her memories of him:
how he loved to smoke
after they made love, how in turn,
she loved to watch him hold fire
at his fingertips without getting burned,
how the smoke he inhaled through his nose
always looked like they were tendrils
of her hair he loved to smell.
She sweeps these thoughts
into her dustpan and allows herself
to only recall the sound of her voice
when she promised to quit smoking
at his death bed.

Dear readers,

Please sign this petition I authored. I really need your help in getting this message out. I will be eternally grateful.



Sign now.


* Over 30 M Filipinos will suffer debilitating diseases and painful deaths due to smoking. Another 30 M Filipinos will suffer the same due to second hand smoke.

* 40 of the chemicals in cigarette smoke are carcinogens, like carbon monoxide, butane (used as lighter fluid), cyanide and formaldehyde, arsenic (rat poison), and ammonia (toilet cleaner). Ads do not disclose this.

Right now the textual health warnings for tobacco products cannot be understood or appreciated by the Filipino people. Other countries have recognized this and have since used picture based warnings in order to warn their citizens of the hazards of smoking. Statistics will show that such method is effective as it has significantly improved the overall health of their citizens.

The Filipino people have a right to life and health just as much as other citizens. They have the right to a better if not the best method to warn them of the danger inherent in smoking. The text warning right now is STILL NOT ENOUGH. Many are still smoking and dying while the young ones are curiously taking up the habit not knowing its effects, creating a vicious cycle of death that could be prevented through the use of picture based health warning that is universally understood by the people, especially the many who cannot read and understand.

Sign now. Because a picture can save millions of lives.





  1. what a great poem. the truth that our feelings are embedded in real things not a part of the person we love, and then sweeping it away… wow

  2. Thanks for stopping by, I try. “Bulb-Hooded” nice one, Hahahahaha! Huzzah for anti-smoking! FIGHT!!! *lights a cig* FIGHT!!! O.o;;

  3. Nice Rax– Perhaps not coincidentally I am reading a book now entitled “Cigarettes are Sublime”–thought you might be interested.

    I like your infusion of message and conscience into poetry.

  4. signed sealed and delivered

  5. How things like cigarettes become common place, so common we associate them with the people who use them as if they were a part of that person.

    The poem is well written and doesn’t give a hint as to the real point until the end. Very Good.

    I just joined Poets Who Blog and I’m pleased to find you here. BTW – I signed the petition.

  6. I hear the activist within Rax. How wonderful. Dropped by and caught up on some of your writings. Enjoyed what you have written. Your blog is a blessing to others. How did the bar exam go? Best wishes, Don

  7. Rax: Hello. Hope you are well. How did the bar exams go?

  8. Rax: Hello. Hope all is well. Have not been around GP with so much going on. I assume you aced the bar exam.
    Best, Don Iannone

  9. My first visit here….what a thoughtful poem. I’m signing and my personal resolution is to quit.

  10. Happy New Years!

    From Poets Who Blog.

  11. Very touching and arresting poem!

    Found you through Poets Who Blog – I’m glad I did!


  12. a very powerful poem, seductive and then
    the soft one-two before you know it, just
    how many die in this manner – the cigarette
    is a seducer who kills.

  13. Hi there Rax. Actually that poem was incredible. Really powerful and simple and clear. I am really impressed by that one.

    I have a new poetry site. Would like to exchange links?

    I have added your link here:

    Online Poetry Blogs

    And my site is:

    Poem Poem Poem

    I have also created a blog where you can register and publish your own poems and stories. I would love to have your contributions if you are so inclined. The blog is

    Poems and Stories

    Thanks and I hope to see you there.

    – Anna

  14. Amazing, Rax! I could honestly relate to the poem and loved its rhythm. Bravo!

  15. Greetings – I invite you to stop by Image & Verse and say hello.

  16. Just passing by.Btw, you website have great content!

    Making Money $150 An Hour

  17. Hi, I would like to invite you to visit this new poetry website, http://www.world-poems.net

    Help us to share your poetry 🙂

  18. I’m just posting this link to get some viewers to my overtly sexual site



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