After the Storm

“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.” ― Viktor E. Frankl


The calm before the storm
nobody knew how hard it would hit
we closed the doors, we hid
we hoped
but we didn’t know the
it would bring.
When we woke
only in shock
we stared
broken hearts
broken trees
falling leaves
the dust settling down
on the disappearing paths.
Our wounds still bleeding
as our feet touch
the bare ground
we begin to crawl
the bloody trail
one step ahead
two steps back
candle in the hand
to see through the forest
of despair.
Holding onto hope
guided by the stars
pulled down by the snake
someday we’ll fly
when a change
shapes our wings
we’ll learn to feel again.
We will fly again.
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