Susan Marie Molloy

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Old Stogie


Old Stogie
By Susan Marie Molloy

The Corona sits between his teeth,
Its ashes hanging together for dear life,
Grey and two inches long.

The smoke imbeds within the fibers
Of his ribbed sleeveless undershirt,
Now yellow and two sizes too small.

The basement lies damp with mildew—
And dark, save for the plastic Tiffany lamp
Hanging above his rusty desk.

The Corona sits between his teeth,
Its grey ashes collapsing on his lap,
Posting his blog, sharing his grandma’s recipes.

—From ©“Gallery Night: Stories in the Dark” by Susan Marie Molloy


Author: Susan Marie Molloy

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I am a published writer, poet, photographer, freelance editor, artist, and career analyst. Growing up in a bilingual family helped me foster my love of languages. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Master of Arts in History. My short stories, poetry, and photographs have been published in the Emerald Coast Review (18th and 19th editions), newspapers, and in many other publications. I enjoy Pre-Code films, photography, music, travelling, history, reading, and living each day to the fullest in The Oasis. My publications include Engaged (an anthology of my poems), The Crowd of Turin, God of the Sea: A Short Book of Poetry by the Seashore, Grapes Suzette and Other Poetic Epicurean Delights, Gallery Night, Indigo Fantasy, The Green Gloves, Puppy Love, Supreme Theater, and others. I am currently working on an anthology of my short stories, including a roman à clef tale, and am in collaboration with another artist in writing a novel. My books are available through Amazon. Check them out. Buy them. Read them. Send me your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

5 thoughts on “Old Stogie

  1. This one’s brilliant – a peek into the infinite permutations of what may lie on the other side of the computer screens we peruse. (There’s a ghost story or two in here for sure 🙂 ).

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    • Yes! This scenario can be taken down a lot of paths — thanks for noticing. 🙂 By the way, I picked up “Sepia Seepage” and reviewed it on Goodreads and Amazon. Great stuff, and really got my mind going! 🙂

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      • Thank you so much – I saw the review and sent a note of abject gratitude! The poem made me think – we see so many things online from individuals, be they on a social media platform, blog, whatever – we have no idea what it looks like where they type! Infinite potential there. 🙂

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        • Very true—how many times we see people such as “Old Stogie” and think they are gruff, crude, and whatnot, but turn out to be, let’s say, tender: I’m seeing Old Stogie as a guy who’s gruff, but cuddles kittens and pets stray dogs, and even sheds a tear at a romantic movie when no one is looking. 🙂


  2. Old Stogie is a close, personal friend of mine. He delights in silently passing gas in crowded venues……….


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