After a while

Looking inDuring the week I had an opportunity to remember my own boundaries and enforce them (oh how I love those life lessons!!). In the middle of the storm I spoke to a good friend who reminded me of my own power and strength. At the end of the call she told me she had a poem she wanted to read me and it brought me to tears (more tears if I am honest!!) :).

I googled it (because that is what you do!! :)) and here it is, sharing it in case anyone else needs it too!

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 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 A Shoffstall


7 thoughts on “After a while

  1. Wow, I have never heard of that poem but what an AMAZING poem it is. It had me in the first 3 lines! I really like how you’ve done your journal page and can totally relate to the sentiment.

  2. Wow, such a powerful poem! And your journal page illustrates it beautifully! I especially like how the words are supporting the figure. Beautiful, Natasha & hugs to you :)

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