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  1. Michael James Leach
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael James Leach, 17 Maxwell Crescent, Strathdale, VIC 3550, Australia; mleach11{at}

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You spent most your life

with your head in the clouds

of smoke that billowed forth

from the O-shaped mouths

of the ones you love.

You never smoked

so much as one cigarette

in all your cloudy days

spent in places you came

to call bittersweet home. …

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