Palestinian Cigarettes

Palestinian cigarettes burn extremely fast

it seems like, to make them last

we have to stop,

or turn back the clock.

Some say its fate

that makes them burn

this way.


I met an old man,

an olive farmer

in a small village.

Sometimes, he would smoke


or even three packs

a day.


I wouldn’t call him a chainsmoker

it’s just that they burn,

these cigarettes,

so fast.