Tuesday, September 20, 2005

This Sums It Up Nicely

After A While
by Veronica A. Shoffstall

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
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn...

5 Comments:

Blogger CC said...

Hey J-,
I wish I had written this one. I could have written this one. I think I'm gonna write something now a lot like this one!! Wow. What a way to begin your blog. I love the mention of losing gracefully, like a woman rather than a child. I've just now begun to understand this way of moving on in life rather than looking back at all of the things I could not have, or was not able to maintain healthily because I, myself, was not healthy enough to do so. Life is good! This poem is great! Thanks for sharing!

7:57 PM  
Blogger sit-slake-stir said...

"After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much"

That's so beautiful.

Almost makes me want to weep... if I wasn't such a hard nut to crack.

Thanks for reading my blog and commenting all the time. Why don't you update yours much anymore?

Thanks for this lovely poem.

Lissa.

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Blogger Stephanie said...

This is my favorite poem. I'm so glad that someone else has found it and loves it. :)

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