Why I like pipe smoking

Smoking a pipe is complex
It requires both hands
Your mind is free to choose
To focus on the outward
Or to withdraw to the inner
To escape the daily hustle
To avoid the noise and vex
To see the hourglass and sands
To look behind or forward
At life apparent or mere clues
To be not saint nor sinner
And at all costs avoid bustle

Swirls of smoke afloat
Wafting along the gentle breeze
Like an old sail boat
Adrift on open seas…

The escape is always sweet
The tobacco sometimes sour
Whether it’s ten minutes or an hour
I will always love the retreat…

Doyle R. Clark II
December 17, 2014