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
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn…
~~ Veronica Shoffstall ~~

10 thoughts on “After A While

  1. shoe1000 says:

    My friend said it best when he said, “[B]eggars supplicate, heirs appropriate.”
    One of the wondrous gifts of walking through and hopefully learning from this period of my life is the ability to say to some of those wonderful people I interact with, thanks but no thanks. When I was operating out of that deep seated fear, any morsel looked good.

  2. Diane Turner says:

    I love this! It’s been over my desk for several years, and it never fails to bring inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  3. justmusing says:

    What a beautiful poem. I did not know this writer before. Thank you,

  4. Sandy Sue says:

    Ooo. Love this one.

  5. Lovely…thank you for sharing.

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