Dear friends, Friday again.Welcome to POETRY & BOOZE.It is very happy to meet you again. Today we will share you with a sweet poem named One Cigarette.

At the beginning, let's know something about its poet.

Edwin George Morgan: born in 27 April 1920, and died in 17 August 2010.He lived for qo years old. He was a elder with longevity.And he was a Scottish poet and translator who was associated with the Scottish Renaissance. He is widely recognised as one of the foremost Scottish poets of the 20th century. In 2004, he was titled as the first Scottish national poet.


Some famous works:

1.The Death of Marilyn Monroe (1962)

2.The Billy Boys (1968)

3.A Good Year for Death (26 September 1977)


Next please enjoy this poem!

One Cigarette


Edwin Morgan

No smoke without you, my fire.

After you left,your cigarette glowed on in my ashtray

and sent up a long thread of such quiet grey

I smiled to wonder who would believe its signal of so much love.

One cigarette in the non-smoker's tray.

As the last spire trembles up,

a sudden draught blows it winding into my face.

Is it smell, is it taste ?

You are here again, and I am drunk on your tobacco lips.

Out with the light.

Let the smoke lie back in the dark.

Till I hear the very ash sigh down among the flowers of brass

I'll breathe, and long past midnight, your last kiss.


My partners, as well me, give some commentaries about it, which we hope they would help you understand it better. And we hope them are helpful to you.


When I first read this poem, to be honest, I did not know what the author wanted to express.  However, after I read it again and again, I found some beauties in it.

First, the topic is really unique. One cigarette is a ordinary thing which is easy to be ignored, but the author gives it human's feelings and makes it vivid.

Second, the language is beautiful. For example, "Till I hear the very ash sigh down among the flowers of brass" ,which is unique and ingenious.

Last but not least, I would like to say something about my understanding of this poem. I think the author seems to descripe the cigarette, but in fact, the author is missing his lover or wife, and

cigarettes is a symbol which stand for the lady he misses.


In my opinion, a cigarette refers to a lover's cigarette. The author seems to be expressing his feelings for his lover and missing her. He shows his delicate feelings through the detailed description of cigarette ash. Besides, he also expressed some complex and tangled feelings in this poem.


I think this poem is about love and miss. His sweatheart left him and only left for him a extinguish cigarette in his ashtray. Maybe they have some arguments, so his lover left because of anger. However, from this poem, we can see he loved she very much.Because of love, he imagined the cigarette that his lover smoked as his lover who he missed very much.His lover's flavour had left on this cigarette, so when wind blowed this cigarette' smell on his face. He dreamed that his lover kissed him. Therefore, cigarette here symbolizes the man's lover. It is the medium of the male character's love.


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