26 June 2008

Wordful Wednesday on Thursday

The following poem has seen me through many tough times and many tough decisions. I think it was the beginning of my awakening in 1993:

After A While
by 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...


kim-d said...

Oh my gosh, Ness, that poem used to be my ANTHEM. I'd sort of forgotten about it. I am not terribly fond of any goodbyes, but what's worse are the final goodbyes, whether you know that's what they are or not. What's truly amazing, though, is the resiliency of the human spirit. We all--well, most of us anyway--keep trying. Or, to say it like my friend Ness...we keep on keepin' on!!! :)

Alice said...

I LOVE this poem. It was the poem I relied on through a particularly hard break up. I, like Kim-d, hadn't thought about it in a long time....but wow - still powerful to read after all this time.