THEY COULDN’T KEEP THEIR EYES

They couldn’t keep their eyes

open,

so

they

stood up

and walked to the crowded

back of the room, and took

the last place

against

the sticky white wall.

Drill Sergeant Robinson

continued yelling

instructions

on

how

to floss,

occasionally

betraying a compassionate

smirk at the tired Basic Trainees

piled into the hot,

bright

room.