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 …
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.
You may not need a book review to tell you that a novel or a work of scholarship is good, but an intelligent and well-written review makes you better understand the book, sharing in your delight or disappointment, pointing out things you hadn’t noticed, asking questions you hadn’t thought of, bringing a different perspective to bear on what you thought you already knew, challenging you to change your opinion.
Caroline S. Hau
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