Lighter

 

I was watching a war movie

It’s Memorial Day, and so there are

Lots of war movies on

And two military guys are lighting

Cigarettes

With a metal lighter, and

I remembered

 

I’ve never smoked a cigarette

And never wanted to

The smell is enough to stop me

But I always liked the smell of

The lighter

Steel and lighter-gasoline and oil

And whatever

As I watched, the lighter clicked

The smell came back to me

It’s childhood, and someone must

Have had one of those lighters

Not my father who smoked a pipe as

Pipe lighters are different

And he was just as likely to use matches

Someone, though, because today

I know that smell

 

I should try the lighter again

After all, a fine Pennsylvania product

The Zippo lighter

Will it smell of oil and substance,

Will it smell of memory?

 

I’m not sure what I’d so with such

Equipment

I guess carrying around a source of

Fire

Might be a good thing

A needful thing

As prudent as memory

Sometimes

 

C L Couch

 

 

 

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