Quitting Smoking by Mather Schneider

We love what kills us,
we have to.

It doesn’t make sense
that we should have to learn

to accept what is good
and it doesn’t seem natural

to turn your back on something
because you want it

too much, or too often.
You want to be fed off

of, just as much
as you want to feed.

It is a human
matter, this automatic reaching

to the left breast pocket:
an emptiness over the heart.

Mather Schneider is 46 years old. He has had hundreds of poems and stories published since 1993 in places like Rattle, Nerve Cowboy, Slipstream, Nimrod, River Styx and Smokelong. He has 3 full length books, DROUGHT RESISTANT STRAIN, HE TOOK A CAB and THE SMALL HEARTS OF ANTS, with another, PRICKLY, coming early in 2017. He divides his time between Tucson, Arizona and northern Mexico, where his wife is from. He earns his living by driving a cab.

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