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30 September 2008 @ 10:24 pm
After awhile you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn that love doesn’t mean possession
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 ahead
with the grace of an adult not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build your roads today
because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have ways of falling down in mid-flight.

After awhile you learn that even 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 really can endure
that you really are strong
and you really do have worth
and you learn and you learn…with every goodbye you learn.

--Virginia Shopstall, "Comes the Dawn"
.erschlagener on October 1st, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
My rationale for taking on another person in my life was to secure my own first. Though that seemed to require some internal force, a sense of fortitude, to know what I was doing was not in vain (the circular logic didn't help - it mimicked a downward spiral more than anything). Then she literally kinda fell on my shoulder, and from there...

I didn't get out, I got through it seems :]

I certainly appreciate the sentiment though, that we mussn't expect others to fulfill ourselves - the key word there being after all, 'ourselves.'

In other news, my mom somehow won a pair of tickets to Great America, and she said I could have them. Wana go?