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AFTER A WHILE May 05, 2005 2:22 PM

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 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 the grace of God, 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
And 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 learn ...
And with every goodbye, you learn.

By Veronica A. Shoffstall

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Thank you Roz.... May 05, 2005 2:46 PM

Yes, thank you Roz, this was exceptionally beautiful reading. Thank you for sharing with us. ---ginger  [ send green star]
 May 05, 2005 4:52 PM

 Very beautiful... thank you!  [ send green star]
 May 05, 2005 9:56 PM

It's a very nice message. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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 May 06, 2005 8:08 AM

thank you for sharing this Roz.  It's a lovely piece, that has come back in my life at a good time.


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 May 06, 2005 1:42 PM

Thanks, Roz.  I hope "after a While" won't take too long!


Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock

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thanks May 06, 2005 5:42 PM

This is such a wonderful, hopeful poem. I want to add my voice of gratitude to you for posting it here.

Peace, Liz

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 May 06, 2005 6:15 PM

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!!

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