Friday, November 09, 2007

A Favorite Poem--Comes the Dawn

This is a poem I read many many years ago, back in middle or high school. It always stuck with me and I was happy to run across it again a few years back.

After A While (alternate title is 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 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...
© 1971 Veronica A. Shoffstall

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Lafe said...

That poem rocks. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

While packing up boxes to move from my fiance's house after his affair, I ran across a part of this that I had found in a frame at Goodwill several years back. I, too, had read this many years ago and I knew there was more to it so I went searching. Thanks for posting it. It seems very fitting for my situation.