After Awhile

After awhile you’ll learn the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul.
And you learn that love doesn’t mean learning
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 defeat with your head up
and your eyes opened with the grace of an adult,
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.

After awhile you’ll learn that
even sunshine burns when you get too much.
So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you’ll learn that you really can endure…
That you really are strong.


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