Wednesday, September 07, 2005

After Awhile

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 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 open,

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,
In stead 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 learn...
With every good bye you learn.

-Veronica Shoffstall

**I used to really like this poem in college. I sometimes wonder how these types of things change their meaning after a few years and a few experiences under our belts.


Jack said...

Wow. That's a great poem. It's got an important message with a solid direct style. I can see why you like it.

firedancerdancin said...

you wouldn't believe how badly i needed to be reminded of that poem today.


thank you for reminding me of the diamonds in my back pocket.