Sunday, May 11, 2014

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 always 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 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 you really do have worth
And you learn and you learn
With every goodbye you learn.

Veronica A. Shoffstall


  1. I think this is where i'm at at the moment :) Love

  2. Beautiful... Build all your roads on today. That part struck me! Miss Sting!!!!

  3. And I learn...and I move on. KeepIng steady even when I feel the ground give way. I keep steady as I move on

    I love this post. ... like Toin said, this is where I am at the moment

  4. Plant your own garden, decorate your soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. Too apt. I like.

  5. very nice post. i like this post


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