Friday, April 26, 2013

Retreat Pondering

While I was on retreat, the following poem by Veronica A. Shoffstall popped up on People for Others.  I commented that it might well be re-titled "Retreat at Wernersville.
After a while you learn the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn't mean learning 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  defeat with your head
up and your eyes open, with the grace of an adult,
not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for
After a while 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 else to bring you
And you learn that you really can endure...
That you really are strong,
And you really do have worth.
I would say that there's a Part II in this for me, which I'll post in a couple of days.


  1. That is a really powerful poem on oh so many levels. I can only begin to imagine the ways in which it spoke to you.

  2. The poem and the photo together...breath-taking. I immediately thought of weaving in an out of each archway...with each image of the poem.

  3. What a great reflection. I'm not familiar with this poem, and enjoyed its deep truth - thank you!