Poetry: After A While

Okay, so… this is TOTALLY off-topic.

The thing is, I am well aware that I’ve been sort of lacking on the blog lately. I’m really sorry. I ended my time at one job, went on vacation, and then started a new job. Life has been crazy and I’m just trying to keep my head above water.

So, while I do that, I want you to know that I appreciate those of you who have kept reading and who continue to keep reading. You have my solemn promise that I’ll be more focused soon.

In the meantime, my sister reminded me recently of one of my favorite poems — one we learned from our summer camp, which is a truly important aspect and forming part of each of our lives… and it’s so beautiful and relevant to my life on so many levels right now that I decided to share it.

Copied from this link.

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 loneliness 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 a path

    Toward 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.


What are some of your favorite poems/ quotes that have made a difference to you? I’d love to hear them!



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4 responses to “Poetry: After A While

  1. Thanks for sharing that. It is a beautiful poem. I can’t imagine my camp – aged self would understand or appreciate it. You must have been wise beyond your years. I imagine the meaning of this poem will change and become more in-depth through all phases of your life.

    Here is my (totally unrelated) quote that I love love LOVE.

    “Around here we don’t look backwards for very long … We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
    ~Walt Disney

  2. Jennifer

    What a beautiful poem!

    As a former English major, I have a large collection of poems that I love. Tried and true favorites are definitely ones by T. S. Eliot and Gerard Manley Hopkins.

  3. I absolutely love this poem – I have it written on a sticky on my computer desktop!

  4. Katy

    Audio reading of one I really like right now, “Love after Love” by Derek Wolcott, read by Jon Kabat-Zinn.


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