Sunday, July 11, 2010

After Awhile You Learn

Going thru piles of old papers, shredding/recycling most of it, I came across this poem that my daughter emailed to me back in 1998, when she was a freshman in college.  Her note attached said it made her think of two people, me and her English IV teacher.  I wanted to share this with you.  I found it comforting:

After awhile you learn 
that what you really are
 is all the experiences
 and all the thoughts
 you've ever had
 and all the people
 who have touched your life,
 no matter how briefly.
And after awhile you learn
 that troubles are temporary
 and relationships
 aren't always permanent. 
You learn that many people
come into your life
and fade into forgetfulness,
while others remain
as warm places in your heart. 
You learn to forgive the bad times
and overcome the resentments.
And you learn to live
with love in your heart
for the good times
and for good friends
who may not be present,
but who never go away,
because the warmth of their friendship
and their essence lives within you
and becomes a part of what you are."

I've searched and can't find the author, so if anyone knows, please let me know. I'd be happy to add the credit!


scrapwordsmom said...

Beautiful poem! And love your very pretty!!:)

Leanne said...

Such great thoughts in this poem - I really love it. And I agree w/Leslie - I LOVE the flowers in the header. So bright and vibrant, and even more breathtaking because I know that the photos were taken by you. Love that.

Ca88andra said...

Thats a lovely poem and just what I needed to read today.

Bossy Betty said...

Really a lovely poem! I looked too and couldn't find the author. Thanks for this!

Nick Grimshawe said...

That is a wonderful poem. I have no idea who wrote it, but thank you for posting it before you put it through the shredder. It would have been a lot harder to read.

Thanks for the inspiration.