by Nick Orton
A bittersweet home-cooked meal the night prior
An elephant in the room ignored one last time
The last goodnights whispered for a time
A quiet beer in the solitude of the night
A final family breakfast at a solemn table
Small talk to distract from this today’s reality
Reassuring promises and tears held at bay
A spoiled appetite and a cigarette with coffee for lunch
The last meals are the most bittersweet
The final sunset of normalcy
Before the sunrise of uncertainty
Deadlined Poetry is a literary side project of two brothers getting a lot wrong and a little right along the way. Featuring poetry of life, pain, humor, and times in a “peacetime” Army and Marine Corps. Occasional poetry can be viewed at: @Deadlined_Poetry (Instagram). “Nick Orton” is the author of the two poems “Predestination” and “Laughter and Pain”
Nick is an active-duty member of the US Army and logistics officer. He has had a long-standing love of writing and has begun his own writer’s journey. He has authored the book “Tales From The Grid Square Volume I,” a collection of 240 stories from across the branches of the US Armed Forces as well as foreign militaries of strange events and instances. He can be reached through the Instagram account @Tales_From_The_Gridsquare or email: TalesFromTheGridSquare@gmail.com.
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