The Destroyer Shadowboxes With Smoke

by Martin Ott

 

The Destroyer Shadowboxes With Smoke

The Destroyer remembers the car rides with his parents, windows up and tickled by cigarette smoke on the way to pick blueberries.

The Destroyer saw the tendrils swirl from his nostril between snorting anything in a bill that represented his complete life savings.

The Destroyer’s addiction to tobacco outlived his first marriage but was shorter than the years spent with his mother before the cancer took hold.

The Destroyer quit cold turkey after his daughter was born but always felt the draw, a dragon in reverse looking to inhale the embers.