Tomorrow Comes


The adrenaline crashes

The turbines and whirling rotors

Become a numbing white noise

A drone so different than

The staccato of bullet and bomb


The iron angels have returned

Blades thumping the heavy air

Like the mighty beasts they are

Swooping from heaven to pluck us

From the hell they dropped us in


You exhale the fear

As the skids leave the ground

With eyes stung by the dust

You count heads again

Praying the number is not new


Even as the pain begins

To rack the wounds pushed too far

You suddenly feel safe

Relative to the death and destruction

Which filled your world moments ago


You are hungry, tired, dirty and scared

You are happy, proud, and thankful

You become lost in a stare out the window

Realizing the chances of seeing tomorrow

Just went up a thousand fold


And the hundred-degree heat

Cannot stave off the cold you feel

As everything drains off you

Every fear, every foe, every fight

Oozes from the wounds unseen


And there, in the arms of the angels

Your mind drifts, your eyes close

Need drives you to peaceful sleep

Not a word is spoken among us

Now that we know tomorrow comes


11 Responses to “Tomorrow Comes”
  1. I can’t even begin to encompass the emotions behind these words…. I’m sure I’m not able to feel them in their deepest truths, either. But they are melancholy with a beauty only you bring to them.

  2. beth says:

    this must be a truly life-changing and intense experience. very powerfully written.

  3. Jim Borden says:

    I can’t imagine the sense of relief from surviving another day; you’ve captured it so well…

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    I have a much better sense of what life was like for you through your poetry. What scary times wondering if there will be a next day.

  5. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    This is one of your best (and that is saying a lot) a poem so powerful yet so vulnerable creating the beautiful images of horrific moments is a feat only an artist-poet can accomplish so brilliantly. All the best my friend,

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