After A While

After a while you learn the subtle difference

between holding a hand and chaining a soul.

And you learn that love does not mean leaning

and that company does not 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 open

with the grace of an adult

and not the grief of a child.


And you learn to build all your roads today

because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans,

and the future has a way of falling down in mid flight.


After a while you learn that sunshine burns

if you get too much.

So you plant your own garden and decorate you own soul

instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.


And you learn that you really can endure…

That you are strong and you have worth.

And you learn and learn.

With every good bye you learn.

And with every hello.

~ Jorge Borges