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September 9, 2005
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My favorite poem. Lita - hope this helps. Does anyone like it?

After a While
by Veronica Shoffstall

After a while you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand and sharing a life
and you learn that love doesn't mean possession
and company doesn't mean security
and lonliness is universal.

And you 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 a woman not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build your hope on today
as the future has a way of falling apart in mid-flight
because tomorrow's ground can be
too uncertain for plans . . .
yet each step taken in a new direction
creates the promise of a brighter dawn.

And you learn that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and nourish your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that love, true love,
always has joys and sorrows -
seems ever present -
yet is never quite the same -
becoming more than love and less than love -
so difficult to define.

And you learn that through it all
you really can endure . . .
that you really are strong . . .
that you do have value . . .
and you learn and grow . . .
with every goodbye you learn.

September 9, 2005
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I love it! Thank you for sharing holly--the part about planting your own garden instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers, especially. Pretty and certainly apropriate to what so many of us are learning right now! Very uplifting!

September 11, 2005
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hollyberry, i just got to read this poem today. all i can say is wow, iam going to copy this poem, i loved it this is really beatiful. thank you soooo much for sharing this with me. i love poetry, any way but the message in this particular poem i could use every day thank you.

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What an awesome poem. Very inspirational Holly Berry. Thank you. I will save it in my document.

~Love, Ras~

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