Adoption Poetry

The adoption writers at Grown In My Heart are having a poetry carnival this week.  It’s been many years since I wrote poetry so I decided to participate by using one that I wrote when I was a teenager and posted recently on my Arms of Adoption blog.

I Was Adopted

I was adopted when I was a babe
My identity taken away
And I never knew the woman who bore me
Or the reason she gave me away

My name was changed – my records were sealed
I started my life anew
But I never knew where I got my blonde hair
Or who gave me eyes of blue

When all of my friends were tracing their lines
And climbing their own family trees
I had no names to put on my branches
All that I had was me

I always have feelings that I don’t belong
No matter where I go
And all of my past – all the family I had
Is something that I’ll never know

The family I have is the best there could be
I couldn’t love anyone more
But all through my life in the back of my mind
There’s been something that I have yearned for

I don’t want a mother – I already have one
The best one there ever could be
I’d just like to have enough blank spaces filled
To fill every branch on my tree



I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. WONDERFUL and heartfelt.

    Thank you!!!


    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island AND a beautiful Iowa farm

  2. Just beautiful, Linda.

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