Monday, May 01, 2006

After a While

Here's another longinsh qoute that touched me several, several years ago.

Thanks to google, I found it in about 10 seconds once I went looking. (Thank God for the Internet - how the heck did the human race come so far without it, I really can't imagine!)

Its written from a woman's viewpoint - but I think it holds its own for anyone looking for inspiration.

Here goes:

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 Shoffstall, "Comes the Dawn" (1971)

PS: There seems to be some confusion about who wrote this.
I found different versions by Googling. The above version appears here

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