Borges on Love

” … so you plant your garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”

 

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