Rolling smokes


Tobacco Tin 1

100 years ago my aunt had this cigarette rolling machine.
I would roll cigarette’s for her and my uncle. I was…8 or 9?
Anyway, I would pull the tobacco from this can. Jam it into the machine. Slide a filtered paper cylinder on a protuberance.
And, like an old school credit card lithographer, I would pop out a tube of filtered moments.
Moments to talk over.
Moments to look at coffee steam.
Moments to look at the sky.
The neighbourhood.
The window.
So many pasts.
Whenever I hear tin on tin I think of the can. Whenever I smell fresh tobacco I think of that machine. I remember it being fun. It was easy. A child could, and did, do it.
My uncle died a few months ago.
You never get to say goodbye by the way.
You don’t.
I miss Cape Breton.
I miss 100 years ago.
The ocean had a calming way of slapping your silly face with ancient liquified sodium.
This is what life is about I suppose.

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Published by: thetrentwilkie

Trent Wilkie is a husband/father/writer/journalist/performer in Edmonton. Trent has written for CBC Radio, Fangoria Magazine, Edmonton Sun, Exclaim Magazine, Fort Sask Record, Theatre Network, The Edmonton Fringe, and is currently pouring his heart and soul into his award-winning blog The UnDad. As well, Trent has also been a wilderness canoe guide for over 10 years which he now considers therapy. Trent is also a member of Mostly Water Theatre, a sketch comedy troupe and has performed in a bevy of Edmonton International Fringe Festivals to varying degrees of success. When taking time off from trying not to be boring, Trent likes to relax while watching horror movies and trying to write the perfect three chord song

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