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Ashes to Ashes

by Jack Dillard

Ashes to Ashes

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Picture by Kitty Kaht (Flickr)

January 31, 2014








We removed the butts from her ashtray
in deference to her family of nonsmokers.

Defiant to the end, she broke house rules
even from her death bed.

Into a drawer, we stashed the makeshift ashtray,
a monogrammed Mother’s Day compact.

Propped by pillows for reading and greeting,
she required no primping.

I stopped short of removing an open book:
Cards On The Table by Agatha Christie.

Her cold lips and mouth formed a frown
more pronounced by smoker’s wrinkles.

Everyone should love something
as much as she loved smoking.

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