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A Poem: After a While

Poetry has always held an important role in my life being both the outlet and voice of my experiences. I’ve been writing poetry since I was a very young child and began reading and appreciating it around 5th grade.

One poem that I’ve always gone back to over the years is called “After a While” by Veronica A. Shoffstall. I read it first when I was a freshman in high school. It was powerful then and had a huge impact on me. But I’d have to say that it has far more meaning for me now. My life experiences have deepened my appreciation for this piece.

I’d like to share this poem with you today:

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.

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2 responses to “A Poem: After a While

  1. LittleWit April 30, 2009 at 8:04 am

    That’s a very lovely poem.

  2. Jen May 1, 2009 at 7:03 am

    It is, indeed. Simple and beautiful.

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