You Learn

After a while you learn the difference

Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,

And you learn that love doesnt have leaning,

And company doesnt mean security

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contract

And presents aren’t promises

And you begin to accept your defeats

With your head 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 can really 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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