Some days are just good to enjoy and go with the flow.
Today, I have a lovely poem by Veronica A. Shoffstall titled “After A While”
She first published it in her college yearbook in 1971. The imagery in her poem is beautiful and signifies hope, encouragement, looking within and finding your strength.
It is a beautiful poem.
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 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 really are strong
and that you really do have worth
And you learn and you learn
with every goodbye you learn…
Isn’t it beautiful? I am learning that I do not need to get stressed over the things I cannot do. If, when I go to bed at night, I can smile, it is enough. There is no need to cram more than I can manage in a day’s schedule.
I am learning that letting go is good for my soul.
I have learned that I must always make time to smell the flowers. I am.