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After a while poem

After A While

After a while you learn the subtle difference

between holding a hand and chaining a soul


And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning

and company doesn’t mean security


And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts

and presents aren’t promises


And you begin to accept your defeats

with your head up and your eyes ahead

with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child


And you learn to build all your roads on today

because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans

and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight

 

After a while you learn that even sunshine burns,

if you get too much

 

So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul

instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers

 

And you learn that you really can endure

that you really are strong

and that you really do have worth


And you learn and you learn

with every goodbye you learn…

 

 

Veronica Shoffstall

 

 

Posted in Health & Wellness | March 25 th , 2015 | 0 Comments



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