“Why Then I Smoked”


(December 6, 2018)

call it defensive

smoking – cigarette to burn

off the big leeches*

 

*(Crossing streams, rivers, rice paddies in Viet Nam sometimes – oftener the further into The Bush you were – caused leeches to attach, and in some cases very embarrassing places. The glowing tip of a lit cigarette could encourage the blood-suckers to abandon lunch for less-stressful climes.  More than ambuscade even, leeches were the enemy. And, in a way, still are.)

Comments are closed.