ARTHUR SMALL JR.
No Smoking


I was often in a rush
So I would take a bus.

Then I was summoned by the rapture—
And I stopped all that.
I even stopped smoking cigarettes.

They don't want you smoking up in heaven—
Or on a bus.

ARTHUR SMALL JR.

This poem was selected for the 2012 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Poetry in Public displays poems by local writers of all ages in Iowa City buses, downtown kiosks, and select public buildings from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall.

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on July 12, 2012

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