After a while….. you learn!

After awhile 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 understand that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head held high and your eyes wide open.
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.
You learn to build your roads
On today because tomorrow’s ground
Is too uncertain for plans, and futures have a way of falling down in midflight.
After awhile 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 you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn…and you learn
With every goodbye you learn.

Veronica A. Shoffstall

3 Comments so far

  1. Darwaish (unregistered) on December 30th, 2005 @ 4:25 pm

    :).. but i hate goodbye


  2. Omer Opee (unregistered) on December 30th, 2005 @ 4:41 pm

    Some things are meant to be…


  3. rainman (unregistered) on January 1st, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

    hey i got this poem s a scrap from a friend a while back!
    some things r facts!



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