84 words…

for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt


As I’m not a smoker, this sprinkling of words is about as fictitious as it can get!




I lounge before a crackling log fire, in one hand a bulbous glass of fine vintage port, in the other a Montecristo cigar.

I taste cedar wood, wild spices and cherries. Fragrant clouds rise then drift away as the music of Mozart wafts over me. I relish an hour of perfect peace and easeful contentment.

When my idyll draws to a close I sigh, for the end of a good smoke is like losing a friend who took the time to sit and listen.




28 thoughts on “84 words…

  1. Christine Goodnough Jun 8, 2019 / 18:02

    Very realistic!
    Shall I make the obvious comment? When someone smokes a cigar, he’s usually left in peace. 😉

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  2. Dale Jun 8, 2019 / 18:17

    Wonderfully done, Keith. Even non-smokers enjoy an occasional cigar with a lovely port or cognac…
    You wrote this as if you had experienced it!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 9, 2019 / 09:27

      I did actually light up a cigar hours before the ban on smoking in pubs came into force in the UK. I had my own pub then, and the ban came in at 2 in the morning, so I held a special event for my smoking customers with a mass stubbing out when the moment arrived! I kept the remains of my cigar, varnished it and mounted it on a wooden plinth!

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      • Dale Jun 9, 2019 / 13:25

        What a cool dude you are! I can so easily picture you as a pub owner…

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      • Dale Jun 9, 2019 / 14:46

        The pub?


    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 9, 2019 / 09:28

      I wish it was real – I actually enjoyed it even though it was purely in my mind!


  3. rochellewisoff Jun 9, 2019 / 14:21

    Dear Keith,

    You paint an enticing picture of smoking a cigar. And I don’t smoke. Idyllic and well written.



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  4. adjasmusings Jun 9, 2019 / 16:27

    What a nice, idyllic picture you painted in just 84 words.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. aheartforafrica641064503 Jun 9, 2019 / 16:43

    I loved the mood, the descriptions, everything about this piece. Well done, Keith 🙂

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  6. Na'ama Yehuda Jun 9, 2019 / 17:00

    Not a smoker, either (and not much of a drinker besides), but this paints a picture of ‘ahhhhhhh’ relaxation.
    Nice! Especially so since you don’t smoke! 🙂

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  7. deborahsdeliberations Jun 9, 2019 / 17:04

    I enjoyed this very much, Keith. I especially liked the line about losing a friend.

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