After a while you learn… by Veronica A. Shoffstall (1971)

Pure Nourishment

After some time you learn the difference,
The subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning,
And company doesn’t always 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 ahead,
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 too uncertain for plans,
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn,
That even the sun burns if you get too much,
And learn that it doesn’t matter how much you do care about,
Some people simply don’t care at all.
And you accept that it doesn’t matter how good a person is,
She will hurt you…

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One thought on “After a while you learn… by Veronica A. Shoffstall (1971)

  1. The trouble is of course lots of people don’t learn, they perpetuate the same mistakes, carry on with the same baggage and expect others to change and behave differently. We all develop beliefs about life and living some never consider those beliefs examine what might be outmoded and discard, the blame always lays outside the self. Ah would it was ever thus but our learning may be hampered by ourselves, often quite unknowingly, so weigh these words and maybe consider how much of this learning and thinking you can apply to yourself. Cyber relationships are often entered into by people with emotional stability , or warmth missing from their lives and are looking for somebody else to make their happiness.


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