“After A While”

My Spanish teacher and precious new friend shared this poem with me ….. I felt I needed to share it as well. I have met such wonderful people on this adventure and connected with some in a truly deep and profound way, but saying goodbye …. that has always been hard for me. We are so fortunate to have the amazing gift of technology to keep us connected, and I can only hope the new friends I’ve made will show up in my inbox every now and then and I in theirs.

After A While”
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 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 women,
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 ….

afterpost brigitte abroad


  1. Lovely poem

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