On the rim of her cigarette
A red lipstick stain
She has left;
Making a mark on what has already marked her -
Lung cancer

The scarlet on her cigarette
She found aesthetically pleasing
Despite it being the very cause of her detrimental wheezing
She's a sister no more
And a daughter no longer
In denial of her addiction,
She thought her lungs had been stronger.

Thirty years young
With a wasted life behind her
Her bald, sallow reflecton
Acted as a constant reminder.
With her lipstick smudged cig in hand,
She wheezed out a smokey breath
Then took another ashy drag closer to
Her unceremonious death.

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