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


12 Responses to “Tomorrow Comes”
  1. beth says:

    I cannot even imagine how intense this must be, but you have described what it must be like so very well

  2. Like Beth said, you describe something those of us who are inexperienced in it enough to make it seem imaginable.

  3. petespringerauthor says:

    I have never had anything to compare what those feelings must be like.

  4. Each day costs a lifetime and each lifetime exists only after you’ve survived the day…brilliant and so well said my friend.

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    I can’t imagine what being in a war is like. Nor can I even begin to know the fear and autopilot that must take over at times. Men and women do heroic things every day in our country. Many things we never know or hear about. You have given us a sense of what it feels like through your descriptive words and stanzas. Thank you Brad and every man or woman who has served our country. Such a beautiful tribute to the price one must pay every day. Thank you Brad. Love and hugs Jonikins 🤗❤️

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