After Awhile

this is not my poem,i stumbled across it,a gift to my soul

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 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 the 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 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 you learn

with every goodbye you learn.

Veronica A.Shoffstall


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