Smokers

In a tube-lit mall,
People smoke
Outside a malt-shop,
At carved-up
Pressboard tables;
They suck in
Or blow out, deftly;
They pick up fries,
Read Coca-Cola-cups
And juice-cans;
They lay down hamburgers
And chew;
They turn, point,
Whisper, cough,
Guffaw, pick teeth,
Scold children,
Frown, sneeze,
And yawn.

They smoke
Because they like
Stained teeth.


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