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 awhile 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.
I found this poem the summer before my freshman year of college. I hung it on the wall in my desk area in my dorm room because it really spoke to me, and I have never forgotten it.
Thanks to TimeWithLyme for nominating me for this challenge. I love reading her blog about her winning her fight with Lyme’s Disease- she is inspirational in her vigor, strength, and wit. Please check her out!
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