A Poem That I Think Is Relevent

I was digging through my old school notes to clear out the house - I first started university 20 years ago this year! - and I came across this poem. It was a favourite for me 20 years ago, and it is a good reminder of what I - and others - are going through.

Comes the Dawn (by Veronica Shoffstall)

After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining the soul,
And you learn that love 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 your head up and your eyes open
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. 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 learn. With
every goodbye you learn.
zsuzsilowinger zsuzsilowinger
36-40, F
4 Responses Nov 30, 2012

Wow, thank you for sharing this...


Thank you for posting this, Zsuz. It's an old favorite and never fails to put a tear in my eye. DH and I separated for about 8 months in the mid 90s and I read this before I went to sleep almost every night. It conjures up for me the contradictions inherent being an adult and the ways in which life gets complex in ways we can't begin to know when we are younger. And it always reminds me of just how strong I really am.

Wow. Thx. Emotional mess over here, yah, that would be me!!!!