The Poem

 

I had carried this with me since 1992, but several years ago I cleaned out my purse and put it away.  I was cleaning out my closet today and come across it and felt compelled to share it with you!  I hope you love it as much as I have since I first read.  Although I did not get it then, I cherished it and read it often.  But now I know that with every goodbye you really do learn!
Comes The Dawn
Author: 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 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 a 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…
That you really are strong,
And you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn…
With every goodbye you learn.

 

 

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One Comment to “The Poem”

  1. WOW! That hit my “soul” Veronica.

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