After a While

After A While
   ©1971 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 aren't promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of 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 mid-flight.
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
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn...

OutOfPatience OutOfPatience
61-65, M
5 Responses Sep 7, 2008

Thank you for this post!

the line that i really like, and gives me hope is the "you learn to decorate your own soul". i like that idea. sometimes i feel like i've given mine up to all the "demons" that have come along with this feeling -- booze, anger, bitterness, and cowardice. i like the idea of taking mine back, and painting it with colors that i like, self-reliance, courage, acceptance, and love. decorating my own soul is an ideal to aspire to. thank you.

I just signed on feeling lost and you have written this. I am sure I will not be the only one who feels this was written for them. Perfect poem for all of us here. Thank you so much for sharing this at the time I needed it most.x

Out, <br />
I have been up for awhile just enjoying the peace and quite (before everyone awakens) and stumbled across your post. This is the first time I believe that the situation that I find myself in has been is so eloquently written. Thank you so much.

Thanks for the post. I found much meaning in this poem.