Coffee and Cigarettes

by remembertoexhale

All the old intellectuals sit outside with their red lanyards around their necks
still from the afternoon conference
they drink coffee and smoke cigarettes
both of which smell better 
than they actually taste
and as I clear an ashtray
my colleague looks at me strangely 
and tells me not to touch it as I scrub out
the leftover ashes
I wonder how it is different from washing out
a mug of coffee
that someone else’s lips have been upon
and then I remember the time
that you told me I was like a cigarette
completely addictive
and totally bad for you
but when you inhaled me
I was your breath of fresh air