Photo by John E. Fenwick taken on October 10, 2018, hours after Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle.

Reality sometimes stings
and burns. Making it difficult
to breathe. To find a path forward.
Reality sometimes bruises
and scars. Leaving marks that never fade.
Reality often takes everything you have inside you.
Every hope. Every bit of strength.
Reality in itself is not the monster.
No. The monster already came.
Reality is what it left behind.
But tomorrow? Tomorrow, my child,
is what you make it.

© 2019 Jennifer N. Fenwick

In the Eye of the Storm: Stories of Survival and Hope from the Florida Panhandle coming to Amazon, January 2019.