21 June, 2010 08:17

This is a poem I received in an email this morning that I liked a lot…

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 a while, you learn
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 can really endure…
That you are really strong,
And you do have worth,
And you learn and learn
With every goodbye, you learn…

(1971 Veronica A. Shoffstall)

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mom
    Jun 21, 2010 @ 14:27:40

    Not really poem person –but loved that one.

    Reply

  2. Mom
    Jun 21, 2010 @ 14:31:05

    Can’t wait for blogs from Spain–praying for your continued insight and discernment and giving thanks for you always.

    Reply

  3. Katie Hovis
    Jun 22, 2010 @ 03:08:25

    wow!! this poem was on my myspace for the whole time i had one… and considering its still floating out there somewhere it still is haha.

    i used to looove this poem.

    Reply

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