Cigarette Butts

By Michelle Torez

Cigarette butts are now my fascination

it’s the irreversible effect,

life then death

a bit like torture

it goes on, then it goes out

but it cannot be forgotten

the change is irreversible.

I like the way they are pushed, shoved,

squashed into little holes

forced into awkward positions

forgotten about straight away.

Cigarette butts are now my fascination

it’s the irreversible effect,

light on, light out

like a light to heaven glowing

crying out to be seen

but no

it’s used and abused

like one train of thought,

choked on daily

sucking the life out of it.

I like the way the foot drags

upon the stone floor

putting the butt out with no, no effort

like torture it goes on, then it goes out

but it cannot be forgotten.

Michelle Torez is a mental health campaigner and established author who has won various national writing awards. Her style is often described as ‘brutally honest’. She has had various poems published in both national and international writing magazines. Her poetry book ‘Broken Doll’ was ranked in the top 1,000 poetry books on Amazon UK. Michelle currently lives in Leeds. She is working on new titles and continues to campaign for better mental health services.