A Fool and a Cigarette

image by R.A.D. Stainforth

"I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes."
 ~Carl Sandburg, "Prairie," Complete Poems, 1950

When we are 16 we smoke all our tomorrows
like cheap cigarettes and strawberry hill wine
at an endless hangout at the corner store...

yet when we are old we smoke all our yesterdays
like one fine cigar and rare expensive wine
at a place we wish we had gone and can no longer afford.

"Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward." ~Soren Kierkegaard

Wishing Tess and everyone at The Mag a wonderful and Happy New Year!


  1. Nice to grow older, wiser. Happy New Year, Carrie!!!!

  2. oh dang....the bit on smoking our yesterdays....and places we can not go any longer....true...

    happy new year carrie...

  3. Happy New Year, Carrie and all the best in the New Year!

  4. So full of truth and definitely quotable..read it more than once...the best..Happy New Year!

  5. so true...thank you and happy new year!!

  6. Always a pleasure to read you, Carrie. Bonne Annee'!

  7. Oh, this is so wise. Happy New Year Carrie - all the best to you in 2013!

  8. Certainly good to reflect of what goodness we've had! Done it, missed a little along the way but remained unscathed. Nicely Carrie and Happy New Year to you!


  9. Beautiful! And the quote fits so nicely. Happy New Year!

  10. nicelyh done Carrie....thanks for sharing and Happy NY

  11. Excellent analogies, both of them. Such truth so well expressed.

    All the best for 2013, Carrie.

  12. Youthful,carefree cigarette and cheap wine drunk without any thought, changing into costly cigar, wine as time passes...Wow! It is very beautifully expressed!

  13. Carrie- excellent and thoughtful words
    Happy New Year!

  14. Hello Carrie
    My Dad always thought this is the way life should be lived...
    Happy New Year to you n' yours! Cheers to your view and hope 2013 brings you much happiness! ATB

  15. Carrie,

    Such very meaningful images...Life as many find it...

    All good wishes to you Carrie for the New Year.
    Best Wishes, Eileen:)

  16. Quotes and poem work so well together. And it's so true. Happy New Year!

  17. Love this Carrie...your poem and quotes..great words to reflect on the past and move into the new year...many blessings..bkm

  18. Sixteen is such an interesting number , anything is possible.


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