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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2004 9:25 am 
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Well, it's not so much of a story, but a text. I have only the Portuguese version and I wanted to see how the original in English is like. The title (my translating) is "Kisses are not contratcs"(sp?) and he starts talking about how kisses don't bind people, and the sentences usually starts with: "One day you will learn that...". One I remember now from the top of my head says that "...one day you will learn that the one you most love can break your heart, but the world doesn't stop for you to pick up the pieces" (or something along these lines)

Does anyone knows it?

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It's a poem by Veronica Shoffstall that has been misquoted as Shakespearean:

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 always 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 ahead
with the grace of 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 own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn...
-- Veronica Shoffstall, "Comes the Dawn" (1971)


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Thanks, Phaedrus, I had given up! I guess they didn't change just the author, but also the poem too. The one I know it's a lot longer. It's a shem really, but it happens a lot in the internet

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