Comes the Dawn

After a while, you learn

the subtle difference

between holding a hand

and changing a soul.

You begin to learn that

kisses aren’t contracts

and presents aren’t promises.

And you start to

accept your defeats

with your head up

and your eyes open.

You learn to build all your roads

on today because

tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain.

After a while, you learn that even

sunshine burns if you get too much.

So plant your own garden

and decorate your own soul

instead of waiting for someone

to bring you flowers.

You learn that you

really can endure,

that you really are strong,

and you really do have worth.

You learn that with every goodbye,

there’s a hello.

– Veronica A. Shoffstall

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