Hell’s Survivors

i have noticed
over the years
that people
who’ve endured or witnessed hell
have a better sense of perspective
than the rest of us
not everyone mind you
but many of them
it’s a quietness
a simple confidence
after all they’ve been through worse
they’ve seen worse
they’ve had to worse
it ruins some of us
those experiences
breaks us and scatters our shards to the north wind
but for others
it forges them into something steadier something stronger than they would’ve been
they don’t speak of it
it’s not a thing of pride for them
it’s simply something they survived
a hell they went into and came out of
not the same
not better
but alive and different because of it

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