Poem by Veronica A Shoffstall

 

Poem by Veronica A Shoffstall

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 arent promises

and you beging 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 midflight.

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 goodbye you learn.

Poem by Veronica A Shoffstall

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