A lot of people that are touched by adoption find that reading (and in some cases, writing) adoption-focused poetry is a meaningful activity.
Prospective adoptive parents of Adoption STAR receive a very comprehensive Adoptive Parent Education Manual as a part of their home study process. It’s full of useful information, and interestingly enough, the very last page of the manual features adoption poetry. As it says in our manual, “life experiences often cause people to find comfort in the reading or writing of poetry. Poetry is an art idealizing thoughts and expression and often helps people to evoke their inner feelings.”
We’ve written about adoption poetry on our blog before. If you go to our website and enter the words “adoption poetry” via the search function in the top right corner of the home page, you’ll find various poetry-themed blog posts from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Here are links to a few of them:
Adoption STAR Associate Director Michael Hill came across of piece of poetry recently that he had never seen before, and he wanted to share it with our blog readers. It is entitled My Child Was Born Today, and the author’s name is Angela McGuire.
MY CHILD WAS BORN TODAY
My child was born today.
While another woman felt the wonder of her birth
My heart longed to see her face.
Far away across the sea
She nurses at her mother’s breast,
A woman who loves her as I do.
Yet the harshness of this woman’s fate
Brings motherhood to me.
Her family broken, mine begins.
Oh, who can understand the ways of life
When loss and love join hands?