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An open adoption poem.

Sarah Flake February 17, 2014
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Written to strongly support the concept of Open Adoption by Elaine Tomlin, Adoptee 

In the stillness of the morning -
In the hush before the dawn -
A cry screams through the silence -
And a new life has been born.

And she wonders what will happen -
To her newborn baby girl -
How she wishes she could keep her -
And protect her from the “world.”

But she knows that there are “others” -
Who would gladly give the world -
To have the chance to hold and love -
Her precious little girl.

And she prays to God for guidance -
As she holds that tiny hand -
With the desperate hope that someday -
Her child will understand.

So she bravely signs the papers -
And the tears fall from her eyes -
As she signs away her baby -
The light inside her dies.

One last kiss she gives her darling -
For the “others” have now come -
To claim the life she gave them -
Now a family has begun.

And with heavy heart she watches -
As they hold “their” little girl -
How she wishes she could somehow share -
A small part of their world.

But she knows this will not happen -
That for her it cannot be -
And always she will wonder -
About the child she’ll never see.

NOW, the times, they are a’changing -
And a new dawn has begun -
Soon, ALL will be together -
Giving hope to everyone.

2001 (c) Elaine Tomlin

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Sarah Flake


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