Adoption Poetry: Legacy of an Adopted Child

The emotions and experiences involved in the adoption journey often lead to great creativity in books, documentaries, poetry and more. This is a poem on an adopted child’s relationship with their birth mother and adopted mother. What is your favorite adoption poem?

Once there were two women who never knew each other,

One you do not remember — the other you call Mother.

Two different lives shaped to make yours one.

One became your guiding star — the other became your sun.


The first gave you life and the second

Taught you to live in it.

The first gave you a need for love

And the second was there to give it.


One gave you a nationality; the other gave you a name.

One gave you the seed of talent; the other gave you an aim.

One gave you emotions; the other calmed your fears.

One saw your first sweet smile; the other dried your tears.


One gave you up

It was all that she could do.

The other prayed for a child

And God led her straight to you.


And now you ask me through your tears

The age old question through the years:

Heredity or Environment —

Which are you the product of?


Neither my darling, neither —

Just two different kinds of love.