Inspirational Poem for Women

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by ruth, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    I wanted to share this lovely poem I found many years ago shortly after my marriage of 17 years ended. I hung it on my bathroom wall and read it often. Many women who visited my home over the years commented on it and asked for copies for either themselves or a woman they knew; daughter, sister, mom. I think it's worthy of sharing with all the women in our lives. We could all do with a little reminding that we really can endure, are strong, and have worth.


    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 awhile you learn that even sunshine
    Burns if you get too much

    So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
    In stead 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.

    Veronica Shoffstall 1971
  2. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    Gosh reading that really makes me want to cry. It is so hard to be strong. It is a struggle. But some times it is our only choice.

    Thank you so much for this poem to help us through.
  3. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    Your welcome Dixygirl. These are such trying times right now with the economy and gas and food prices and many people facing difficult challenges. I thought it might be of use to many women. With the stress and pressures of trying to support their family getting to many men these days, we have to be strong for them sometimes too.
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    That IS beautiful Ruth...thanks for sharing.
  5. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    That is so good. Thanks for sharing.
  6. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
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  8. Sonia

    Sonia Songster

    Apr 19, 2008
    SE Oklahoma
    Thank you. I hope you don't mind but I sent this to my mother and my Aunt.

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