After A WhileAfter a while, you learn the subtle differenceBetween holding a hand and chaining a soul,And you learn that love doesn't mean leaningAnd 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 defeatsWith the grace of God, not the grief of a child,And you learn to build all your roads on todayBecause tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans,And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flightAnd after a while you learnThat 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 strongAnd you really do have worthAnd you learn and learn ...And with every goodbye, you learn.By Veronica A. Shoffstall
It's a very nice message. Thanks for sharing it with us.
thank you for sharing this Roz. It's a lovely piece, that has come back in my life at a good time.
Thanks, Roz. I hope "after a While" won't take too long!
Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock
This is such a wonderful, hopeful poem. I want to add my voice of gratitude to you for posting it here.
I'm so glad that so many of you have enjoyed this poem.
It was sent to me by my friend JoAnna B. & certainly is worth sharing.I emailed it to lots of other friends & their responses were much the same as yours here.
The power & magic of words in action!!