Wednesday, January 27, 2010

After a While

My love for writing goes hand in hand with my undeniable love to read; a coupling that is solid to all if not every writer. No matter how busy I get or how distracted I am by my own issues I can always count on a poem or a book or a story to either get me grounded and focused or delve in to or out of my emotions which are so expansive at times. Emotions are a funny thing and I happen to be a person that wears my emotions out in the open; it's not a good time.
I found this poem during my break at work, I only have about 5 minutes in between but reading calms me before the next crazy bunch of wild screaming kids run in.
This particular poem resonated with me and I thought I would share it:

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 your head up and your eyes open, with the grace of an adult, 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. After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much. So 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.

Veronica A. Shoffstall

click on the title so you can see the original format and full poem.

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