Comes The Dawn

            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 high
            and your eyes ahead with the grace of a woman
            and 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 the middle of 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 you learn
            with every goodbye you learn ...
 

            1971 by Veronica A. Shorffstall

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