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Looking for support poem
September 27, 2001
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I had a good friend give me a poem about 5 years ago and I love it, but in all my moving aobut I seem to have lost my copy and would like to have it again. I don't know the name, the author is everyone's favorite anonymous. To make things better no matter how hard I try I can only remember 1 line. "I will not wait for someone to bring me flowers, but will plant my own garden" It is a very touching poem about letting go and moving on to be a better you. If anyone can help me out I would be VERY grateful.

September 27, 2001
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would you remember if hte title of it was "The grace of a woman"?

September 27, 2001
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Could it be by Maya Angelou????

September 27, 2001
2:39 pm
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dvsgirl...

I found this poem with those words in it:

After A While Poem

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 mean security,
And you begin
to accept your defeats with your head up
and your eyes open,with the grace of an adult
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
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
And learn,
that you really can endure...
that you really are strong...
and you really do have worth.

- SC

September 27, 2001
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well...

upon further search, I have found a couple more versions! each slightly different...all with the same title:

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 mean security.
And you begin to learn
That kisses aren't contracts,
And presents aren't promises.
And you begin to accept defeats
With the grace of a woman,
Not the grief of a child.
After a while, you learn that 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 are really
strong,
And you really do have worth,
And you learn and learn,
With every goodbye you learn.

After A While - by Veronica 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 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 a
woman, not the grief of a child
And you learn to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is to 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 plant your own garden and decorate your
own soul,
instead of waiting for someone to bring you
flowers.
And you learn that your really can
endure...that you really are strong,
And your really do have worth.
And you learn,
And you learn
With every good-bye, you learn.

- SC

September 27, 2001
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Site Coordinator :

That's it - Thank you so much. I love the message in this piece and maybe someone else will find it uplifting to.

September 27, 2001
5:24 pm
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Will you look at that!!! Once again - our wonderful Site Coordinator people - did it again! You guys are just way kewl! Consider yourselves hugged. Now GO ON - turn around and do a group hug with each other, Go Ahead you BIG teddy bears - just DO IT! *grin* ....too much sugar in my coffee this time....

September 27, 2001
9:47 pm
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Hi Site Coordinator,
Woww.... you are so amazing!!! You deserve more than a good HUG. (((SC)))

September 27, 2001
10:23 pm
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That was beautiful. Im thinking of having this framed and put on my wall or something...just beautiful. Thank you Site Coordinator for that.Bless you.

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