The Calm Before the Storm

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In the calm before the storm
Is when you begin to see their true nature.
Those that you have known for years,
Whose friendship you have come to count on.

In the calm before the storm
Is when you begin to see your world for what it is.
Cities, streets, your whole world emptied
As those who have nothing left to lose flee the oncoming wrath.

In the calm before the storm
Is when you see everything stripped down to its core.
Everything, everyone is gone, all that remains is the refuse
And those who refuse to flee, for they have everything to lose.

Those who know the true value of life,
Who live and love for more than the material.
Those who know what it truly means to live, to love.
Those who refuse to back down in the face of the fury,
In the calm before the storm.

They band together, relying solely on each other.
Depending on one another to hold the other up,
To never back down or flee, no matter what trials they face.
They stand strong, stand tall, refusing to let the storm see them shaking.
It is these people who ready themselves to be tested,
In the calm before the storm.

In the eye of the storm,
In the moment of calm surrounded by chaos,
Those who refused to flee look up and marvel at the world around them.

In the eye of the storm,
When the worst is now over,
And they gather together, for the worst is yet to come.

In the eye of the storm,
When there is no going back
And all there is left to do is fight on forward.

Vows are renewed, hope is restored.
Those who remain will remain forever more,
And the bonds that are formed will never be broken
In the eye of the storm.

In the calm after the storm,
When all is safe and all is calm.
When those who hid so deep for so long finally emerge into the new world.

In the calm after the storm,
When the world has been stripped and laid bare,
When all that was is gone and all that could be is a mystery.

The world is wiped clean to be made anew,
To be built into something far greater and better,
To be made into something true, good, and beautiful.
Those who remained, who found value in the worthless
And meaning in those who are outcast and downcast.
Those who know what is truly worthwhile, who truly know how to love,
Those will be the ones who rebuild the world,
Creating beauty from the ashes and wonder from the rubble.
Amazing things will happen, things beyond imagination,
In the calm after the storm.