After A While…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


Veronica A. Shoffstall is the most accredited author for the above. However it may have originally been written in Spanish by Jorge Luis Borges, an author from Argentine.  There is also someone called Judith Evans who claims to be the author, never had it copyrighted and was quite happy for it to be published under ‘Author Unknown.’ Unsurprisingly, the poem goes by various names: ‘Comes the Dawn’, ‘After a while’ and ‘You Learn.’ The real truth is out there somewhere.
The words are powerful and remind me of my own inner strength and resiliency… I hope they speak to you too!
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