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Old 10-21-2008, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Plant your own garden

This is a poem that I have always found a lot of strength in and thought I would share.

After a While

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,
you really are strong, you really do have worth,
and you learn and you learn.
With every goodbye, you learn. Veronica Shoffstall
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:38 AM   #2 (permalink)

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Thank you for sharing that poem. It is beautiful & full of wisdom. I am sure it could help alot of people.
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, Winnie, that is a beautiful poem.

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. ~Rabindranath Tagore

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Old 10-22-2008, 02:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I love this poem. Thanks for posting it. Such a beautiful confirmation of how life sometimes has to teach us lessons of survival to really appreciate both it and ourselves.
"Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, a loss of power, and a sense of spiritual deadness." - ****** Gawain
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