i see them everywhere today, the little white sticks. so many people on the street have them on the way into town, burning away in their fingers, some people struggling with lighters as if trying to set themselves on fire! drivers in cars have them hanging unlit in their mouths as they pass, shopkeepers in their doorways have them, tough old men at bus stops take them out of their mouths before spitting in the gutter. i even begin to fantasize that stray dogs and cats have them, but keep them secret
but the curious little white sticks are just cigarettes, and you've given those up silly! you're stronger now, you remember. then you come across a little white stick all on its own, sitting almost complete burning on the pavement in front of you! ready for you! what a world, little white sticks everywhere, even waiting free and lit at your feet!