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 eyes ahead
With the grace of a woman
Not the grief of a child
 
And you learn to build your roads on today
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way of falling down 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
That you are really strong
And you really do have worth
And you learn and you learn
With every goodbye you learn
Veronica, A. Shoffstall
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