Oh what sheer delight
To light
Your first cigar.

While embers glow
To a slow
Goodbye.

Yet still, too quickly.

It’s all up in smoke
And you choke
On tears.

This poem was inspired by W. Yeats’ Never Give All the Heart. Below is Yeats’ original work.

Never Give All the Heart
by William Butler Yeats

Never give all the heart, for love
Will hardly seem worth thinking of
To passionate women if it seem
Certain, and they never dream
That it fades out from kiss to kiss;
For everything that’s lovely is
But a brief, dreamy, kind delight.
O never give the heart outright,
For they, for all smooth lips can say,
Have gvien their hearts up to the play.
And who could play it well enough
If deaf and dumb and blind with love?
He that made this know all cost,
For he gave all his heart and lost.