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After A While

Monday, December 21, 2009

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 A Shoffstall


Kelly C said...

Why I haven't I read your blog in a while? I've been too busy - inexcusable. This note really hit home for me. I'm all about planting my own flowers...even with my brown thumb. <3

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