Smoke and Tears

She was beautiful, both inside and out. She was my friend. And they killed her.


She smoked like a chimney. She knew they were bad for her and for those around her, but she couldn’t stop. Life kept throwing stresses at her and back to that swirling stick of smoke she went. It calmed her nerves, she said.

Then, this comforter stopped her in her tracks. A sign warning people not to smoke because oxygen was in use was posted at the entry of her home. She fought for every breath.

Until, finally, it took even that from her.

And it took her from us.

I can’t wait to see your beautiful soul again, in a place of no more sorrow, no more fighting to breathe, no more cigarettes, and no more tears.

I love you, my friend. Rest in peace.

Dedicated to CEK 1955-2018

About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
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6 Responses to Smoke and Tears

  1. Comedy Plus says:

    This happens to so many. May your friend rest in peace.

    Have a blessed week. ♥

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Vanessence says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss, sweetheart. 😥 Grief is a horrible thing. I am praying for you, and your friend’s loved ones. hugs

    Liked by 1 person

  3. 15andmeowing says:

    I am so sorry. I have lost many to this. XO

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you, Ellen. Although I haven’t been able to visit with her in recent months, this has hit me very hard. She is just too young to be gone already. 😦 I wish cigarettes would be outlawed all around. Maybe then the children of this world would stand a chance.
      I am so sorry for the losses that you have endured, too, and that your family is currently going through. {{{Hugs}}}


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