August 02, 2010

After a While by Virginia Shoffstall

  • After a while you learn the subtle difference

    Between holding a hand and sharing a life

    And you learn that love doesn't mean possession

    And company doesn't mean security

    And loneliness is universal.

    And you 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 your hope on today

    As the future has a way of falling apart in mid-flight

    Because tomorrow's ground can be too uncertain for plans

    Yet, each step taken in a new direction creates a path

    Toward the promise of a brighter dawn.

    And you learn that even sunshine burns

    If you get too much

    So you plant your own garden and nourish your own soul

    Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

    And you learn that love,

    True love,

    Always has joys and sorrows

    Seems ever present, yet is never quite the same

    Becoming more than love and less than love

    So difficult to define.

    And you learn that through it all

    You really can endure

    That you really are strong

    That you do have value

    And you learn and grow

    With every goodbye

    You learn. -- Virginia Shoffstall

    I found a yellowed clipping in some papers with this clipping from an 'Ann Landers' column. She said it was one of the most requested poems of all time.

    1 comment:

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