Edifying Thoughts of a Tobacco Smoker

pipe smoking poetry by Johann Sebastian BachIt’s been a busy few days here, so I thought I’d take a break from the normal Cigar Reviews and generous pipe and pipe tobacco blending knowledge shared by Russ Ouellette here on the Talking Tobacco blog.

The following poem was sent to me from a member of the Capital District Pipe Club. Personally, I had no idea that the author of this poem was a pipe smoker. I’ll let you read this poem about pipe smoking before revealing it’s author. You may be surprised. Enjoy!

Edifying Thoughts of a Tobacco Smoker

Whene’er I take my pipe and stuff it
And smoke to pass the time away,
My thoughts, as I sit there and puff it,
Dwell on a picture sad and gray:
It teaches me that very like
Am I unto my pipe.
 
Like me, this pipe so fragrant burning
Is made of naught but earth and clay;
To earth I too shall be returning.
It falls and, ere I’d think to say,
It breaks in two before my eyes;
In store for me a like fate lies.
No stain the pipe’s hue yet doth darken;
It remains white. Thus do I know
 
That when to death’s call I must harken
My body, too, all pale will grow.
To black beneath the sod ‘twill turn,
Likewise the pipe, if oft it burn.
Or when the pipe is fairly glowing
Behold then instantaneously,
The smoke off into thin air going,
Till naught but ash is left to see.
Man’s fame likewise away will burn
And into dust his body turn.
 
 How oft it happens when one’s smoking:
The stopper’s missing from the shelf,
And one goes with one’s finger poking
Into the bowl and burns oneself.
If in the pipe such pain doth dwell,
How hot must be the pains of Hell.
 
Thus o’er my pipe, in contemplation
Of such things, I can constantly
Indulge in fruitful meditation,
And so, puffing contentedly,
On land, on sea, at home, abroad,
I smoke my pipe and worship God
 
~Johann Sebastian Bach
 

It’s not much of a reach to consider a musician a poet, but considering the source here it really makes me curious to know what kind of tobacco he smoked. I wonder if his taste in tobacco would have been as popular today as some of his music. What can I say, I can’t help thinking in terms of tobacco trends! *smile*

If you have a favorite pipe, cigar, or tobacco related poem, share it with us in the comments, I’d love to hear them!

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