After a While
After a While - a poem by Veronica A Shoffstall
After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul, and you learn 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 and your eyes open with the grace of an adult, 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 good-bye you learn.
If you liked this poem, you might also enjoy reading 'I am me' by Virginia Satir.
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