Last Gasp – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse De is hosting the Quadrille (44 words) with an invitation to write a poem using the word, or a form of the word, gasp.

dVerse Poets – Quadrille – Poetry is a Kind of Gasp

Photo: A stretcher bearer provides a cigarette to a wounded soldier, WW1, found at

“He lighted a cigarette, and in the curling smoke of it caught visions ….” Jack London

Note: a gasper was in old English parlance, a cigarette, especially amongst the military.

Last Gasp

Gaspers for bullets
to disappear pain,
nineteen to the dozen,
while the hack digs my wound.
"No filter" he said
as I screamed.
What a drag, I thought
as I sucked the stub,
hoping for visions of heaven
exhaling life
with my last gasp.

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®️


Filed under death, Free Verse, poem, Quadrille, quote, war

22 responses to “Last Gasp – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. you go hard on this one 🔥 great quadrille!

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  2. sanaarizvi

    This one hits hard with its poignancy and stark reality, Paul! Gorgeously rendered 💜💜

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  3. I hope he got his heaven.

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  4. I love the words you used here😉

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

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  5. Poignant but fantastic wordplay, Paul.


  6. VJ

    Vivid image and poignant given the recent release of an image a soldier gunned down while having a smoke.

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  7. A beautiful poem, as always. If it’s also a statement about smoking, I am an advocate of both medicinal marijuana and medicinal tobacco. Not commercial cigarettes, of course, as they contain practically no tobacco but include 7000 chemicals.

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  8. Excellent. The link is undeniable, especially back in the day. A pack of four with each c-ration. 🙂

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