Goodbye to Larks

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Here I am, in a 1969 yearbook photo, on the far left, with a cigarette in my hand.  That’s the only photo I could find of me in the act of smoking.

I began to smoke when I went to college, and smoked from age 18 to age 29, when I joined the convent.

I had my last cigarette on the doorstep of the convent.

Was it hard to quit?  I tried to quit six months before going, but it was a stressful time and I went back to smoking, and so finally quit on that doorstep.

It wasn’t hard to quit because I was so excited about my new life, and I was living with eleven non-smokers.

Still, when I helped with the grocery shopping and saw my brand for sale at the cash register, I felt a pang of yearning.


Lark cigarettes

But that was 37 years ago, and I haven’t missed it for quite a while.


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Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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