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This poem is taken from PN Review 180, Volume 34 Number 4, March - April 2008.

The Cigarettes of Others John Redmond

Beneath the night-foxes of North Parade,
Michaelmas Sunday in the sudden rain.

Beneath elephant-skin and tortoiseshell,

the last time I saw the first friend I made.
Beneath the below, the above begins

with an overtaking whiteness in the underpass,

that streak of recklessness we never had,
(well, so be it) as we race back in time,

piercing the dark with the cigarettes of others -
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