Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Life of Smoke

This because it's so passionate and because I've been swallowed whole by life and can't manage to post...this, written a few nights ago

By my 8-year-old daughter, Zoe

In the years 2005-2006 I’ve been noticing the pressure life gives you. The questions it asks. The things you do that tears the life apart. I’ve been noticing the fear in people’s eyes. I’ve seen tobacco in places that people don’t think you’re going to look because they’re hiding it from you. I’ve seen how people act when they’re caught smoking. I’m going to tell you a story of the way I’m thinking of it, but I’m not just going to tell you about tobacco and stuff like that. I’m going to tell you about the smoke that factories make because this is all about smoke. At the ending of the story I want you to think about how this is to your life. I want you to know that the smoke that factories make kill the fresh air, and the smoke that you inhale makes you get cancer and you get addicted to it. I want you to know how hard this is to let go of. Think about it and let’s let our story begin.



(we can only hope that the rest of the story is soon to follow. Maybe she's just watching me waiting to find out what happens.)

10 comments:

Deezee said...

oh, so cool, introspective touches the next generation. I love it, and I love her young rhythm.

and I hope life spits you back out to us soon. I miss your voice...

la vie en rose said...

dear miss zoe,

thank you for your story. keep writing them. keep sharing them. keep making people take a look at themselves and their world. the world needs your voice. the world needs your stories.

m.

stephoto said...

Beautiful and poignant and to the point. Lots of love here. That's what I see.

snowsparkle said...

ah! zoe has her mother's way with words. thanks for posting this. miss you.

Kathleen said...

wow. such a gifted writer for her age. so great that she can get her thoughts on paper...
she has your gift.

you should be proud.

take care of you. please.

Norene said...

i do hope there's more story to come. i'm hooked.

Dale said...

Ay.

(I haven't forgotten I owe you an account of where I come from, but I've taken a couple stabs at it and have found it impossible to write anything coherent & succinct. But your account was very illuminating, thank you!))

MB said...

Miss Zoe, you are a writer. Keep writing.

ecm said...

amazing writing! I was just listening to essays on reasons not to smoke and I wanted to poke my eye out while this leaves me wanting more...beautiful

erised said...

I love you giving space to your daughter's voice. What purity and grace. They are our teachers, aren't they? Thank you, thank you.

Loving you and sending ethereal hugs to you on your version of the tumultuous journey...