After A While

November 21, 2006

I heard this poem many years ago at a funeral. One of those funerals where you are completely taken aback. Memories flood in, life drastically changes, you start trying to figure out who you are and what you’re going to do next. A place in time when you realize that the person you’re going to be depends on you, not on your family, not on society, not on good or bad choices you’ve made, but on character, your own character. A time to stand up or fall down. A time to lose it all or give it all. A time in life that matters. Maybe some people glide into this time easier than others. I was stubborn. Mine wasn’t an easy gliding, more like a crash landing.

Someone once said it takes losing all you have to realize God is all you need. Finally, I got it.

I’ve been searching for this poem for years and it happened to fall into my lap the other day.
Thought I would share it with you.

After A While
by 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 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

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