After a While…

Received this poem as a comment from Sushma…. was so good that I didn’t think it was fair to leave it in the comments section so moving it as a post.

I know it has feminine overtones to it.. but I strongly feel it transgresses the genders…

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 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 are really strong
And you really do have worth
And you learn and you learn
With every good bye you learn.

Veronica A. Shoffstall


    • enigma on October 9, 2009 at 3:45 PM
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    Hey Praveen,
    Thanks a lot for putting this up as a post.. it's so beautifully written, after a very long time, I have read a poem which I liked instantly..

    …btw….I was also reading this .. …remember???

    • Praveen on October 9, 2009 at 4:31 PM
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    woah!!!! Man!! This turned out to be such a surreal day for me!! Its so wonderful to be seeing you back here!! An enigmatic appearance indeed!! 🙂
    And thank u so much for leading me back to that link!! Makes me wonder.. where all of this is getting lost!! You should pen more gal!! And I mean it seriously!!

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