Jonny Norridge: artist/designer

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Smoking Ban

This poem was written over a pint of beer, the year the smoking ban in pubs came into law in the UK. A friend relayed to me how he had seen a punter light up his cigarette in the pub as a matter of habit, only to then realise that it was no longer acceptable. The poem probably needs a little tuning, but I quite like the rawness and immediacy of it in this form.


“Oh shit, I’ve sparked up.”
Long time smoker, in
the pub. He rushes
outside with a half
burned tabacco stick,
still lit. No longer
law, now etiquette.


by J Norridge

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