Wednesday, August 24, 2011

you learn

"You Learn.

You Learn

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 too 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 you plant your 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 learn...

With every good-bye you learn."

— Jorge Luis Borges


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you really are strong ,i will be stronger than any other ones

DMS said...

This is such an excellent poem. For many years I had it in a frame on my wall. It inspired and kept me grounded. I actually have it memorized! Thanks for posting and sharing an old favorite.


chaiyen said...

yah this is great, it is nice to reread it again today too. i store things on my blog so that i dont lose them. very aptly in fact for the new year.