DRINKING AND SMOKING
There is something bourgeois about
A drink/smoke dichotomy, as though
Indulgence of both alcohol and tobacco confirmed
An antinatural/subnatural relativity,
Applicable to an atomic age.
Those who are not subnatural
But antinatural ... will only drink.
Those who are not antinatural
But subnatural ... will only smoke.
The first category will drink canned beer,
The second category … roll their own cigarettes,
With or without dope.
In between will come the beer/tobacco compromise
Of antinatural/subnatural atomists,
A compromise never more democratic
Than when the beer is in pint glasses
And the tobacco in cigars,
Though still existing
On the relatively bureaucratic level
Of bottled beer and cigarettes.
Anyway, if drinking is antinatural
And smoking subnatural,
The one corresponding to a wavicle equivalent,
The other to a particle equivalent,
Then we need not hesitate
To equate eating with a natural absolutism
And sniffing, by contrast,
With a supernatural absolutism,
The one preceding alcohol
In the atomic-particle age of the Kingdom,
The other destined to succeed tobacco
In the electron-wavicle age of the Centre,
Eating as confirmation
Of a kind of atomic relativity
Between eater and eaten,
Sniffing as confirmation
Of a kind of electron absolutism
Between sniffer and thing sniffed.