One Cigarette – Edwin Morgan

Today (27th April 2020) is the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late great Scottish poet Edwin Morgan so I thought I’d take the opportunity to post one of my favourite poems of his. This is called One Cigarette:

No smoke without you, my fire.
After you left,
your cigarette glowed on in my ashtray
and sent up a long thread of such quiet grey
I smiled to wonder who would believe its signal
of so much love. One cigarette
in the non-smoker’s tray.
As the last spire
trembles up, a sudden draught
blows it winding into my face.
Is it smell, is it taste?
You are here again, and I am drunk on your tobacco lips.
Out with the light.
Let the smoke lie back in the dark.
Till I hear the very ash
sigh down among the flowers of brass
I’ll breathe, and long past midnight, your last kiss.

by Edwin Morgan (1920-2010)

One Response to “One Cigarette – Edwin Morgan”

  1. Phillip Helbig Says:

    I’ve never been a smoker, but the song below—an outtake, actually, released years later on a special double CD of outtakes intended mainly for fans)—is one of my favourite songs: excellent singing, lyrics which are real poetry, humour, and some nice guitar strumming and, towards the end, piano tinkling. If you watch on YouTube you can probably see the lyrics as well, or of course you can google them, but they shouldn’t be too difficult to understand. Enjoy!

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