Breakfast of Champions

For Magaly’s prompt on Real Toads – Poetic Irony.  I don’t do irony well.  I’ve seen too much.

Remember when we used to drink coffee with the paper?


Breakfast of Champions
“Left of west and coming in a hurry with the Furies breathing down your neck” R.E.M. It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine).

We used to drink coffee while we
read the paper at breakfast.
Times became more dire.
Then we graduated to coffee cups of bourbon
and shot glasses of coffee.
Now we just skip it all
and pour Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve
over our Cheerios.
We stopped reading the news –
It never changed for the better,
It just got worse.
Hey! If Pappy’s is good enough
for world class chefs,
it is good enough for me.
I stood outside on the back steps
listening to the birds this morning.
They don’t know that the world is ending.
I take the last bite of my Cheerios and drain the bowl.

“A few of us are going out after work to pretend it’s not the end of the world,
if you want to join us.”

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. krc
    May 19, 2019 @ 00:24:47

    makes think of how many Japanese folks (all ages) drink beer with their meals


  2. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    May 19, 2019 @ 01:32:35

    I’ll have to experiment more… bananas with cheerios gets old 🙂 clever poem!


  3. SatyaPriya
    May 19, 2019 @ 04:39:22

    Oh to be a bird.


  4. kim881
    May 19, 2019 @ 04:43:09

    I love that you’ve referenced Kurt Vonnegut in the title, Toni, and the ending is brilliant!


  5. Magaly Guerrero
    May 19, 2019 @ 10:13:46

    The evolution in drink and cups is telling and vivid. And when the drink ends up in a bowl, well… I snickered darkly. Kim is right, the ending rocks.


  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    May 19, 2019 @ 11:25:07

    I had the REM lyrics in my head as well for this… I’m not quite there yet when it comes to breakfast…. but I think at that point I’d skip the cereal


  7. sanaarizvi
    May 19, 2019 @ 12:52:12

    Such a chilling close to this one, Toni! The evolution from “coffee cups of bourbon and shot glasses of coffee,” is very telling ❤


  8. Sherry Blue Sky
    May 19, 2019 @ 13:51:55

    Thank heaven the birds dont know the world is ending. I choose standing on the back step listening to them sing over the news any day.


  9. Marie Elena
    May 19, 2019 @ 18:39:26

    Very well done, if you ask me!


  10. Vivian Zems
    May 20, 2019 @ 00:28:05

    You’ve reflected our dire world accurately. Thank God for hope…or we’d all just give up!


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