After a While

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 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 else to bring you flowers

And you learn that you really can endure, that you are really strong and you really do have worth.
And you learn and you learn, with every good bye you learn.
—Veronica A. Shoffstall

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