“After A While”

 

After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and

chaining a soul and you learn 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 always promises. And you begin to accept

your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead 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 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, that you really are strong

and you really do have worth.

And you learn and you learn

With every good bye you learn.”

Author:  Veronica A. Shoffstall