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 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  

Veronica A. Shoffstall