These two poems come from my experience as a qualitative researcher in Nigeria where this method of research is not a very common phenomenon. I was dazed by the vast opportunity this method gives a researcher to dig deep into a research problem and be submerged into the world of participants. Understanding the experiences of young smokers and how they were influenced into picking up the habit was the aim of my study but I got more than what I asked for. These two poems give an insight into the experiences of cigarette smokers and the researcher as captured during the research. Journeys had to be made to get willing participants and when the willing participants were found, it was a worthy ride from cities to suburbs.
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