“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.)

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