Published: January 4, 2023
Adopted children are often referred to as chosen children. People with love to give and none to bestow it upon seek out a child to raise with love. Some parents choose to conceal their child's adoption thinking that it will only cause him pain and a sense of non-belonging. Others choose to tell their chosen child thinking that he will find out anyway. When a child finds out that he is adopted, it may give rise to feelings of confusion and alienation. The important thing to remember is that having parents that love you whether biological or chosen is a tremendous gift.
10 Beautiful Adoption Poems About The Emotional Journey Of Adoption
1. Growing Up With Grandma
I don't know when it happened.
I don't know when she came,
But she's the one I always knew.
Grandma was her name.
She taught me how to tie my shoes.
She taught me how to talk,
And though I can't remember,
I think she taught me how to walk.
When all the other kids in school
Would talk about Mom and Dad,
I wondered where my parents were;
That made me kinda sad.
And sometimes there were days I'd cry
Or hide my head in shame.
But Grandma took it all in stride
And loved me all the same.
She'd wrap her arms around me
And kiss me on the head.
She'd tell me that she loved me
When she tucked me into bed.
Being a teen, I remember the days
When being with friends was more fun.
And I wondered what it would have been like
To actually be someone's son,
To have a regular family,
Some siblings, a mom, and a dad.
What had I done to deserve less than others?
Sometimes I felt so mad.
"It's alright, it's okay," Grandma would say.
"One day you'll understand why.
Life just isn't fair to everyone, you see.
It's always okay to cry."
And when I went off to college,
I met the love of my life.
It was Grandma who was the first I told
That I planned to make her my wife.
Soon after I'd become a father,
For that I could hardly wait.
To have a child of my very own,
And to make my Grandma a "Great."
A little girl to share her name,
For all that she'd given me.
So much I owed to Grandma.
That was plain to see.
As time passed and life grew short
I hoped my Grandma knew
That it was her love and her support
That always got me through.
If I could tell her one more thing,
"Thanks Grandma," is what I 'd say,
"For loving me and making me
The man I am today."Featured Shared Story
This a was beautifully written piece. It "touched me" as the question asked. It also made me think about what my Grandma has been doing for me. This is encouraging, good work.
2. Bright Blue Eyes
My Mother gave me my talents and traits.
My Mam taught me to embrace them.
My Mother gave me my fears and doubts.
My Mam taught me to face them.
My Mother gave me my clumsy ways.
My Mam picked me up from the mud.
My Mother gave me my bright blue eyes.
My Mam taught me to see the good.
I am not angry that my Mother gave me away.
I know it was to give me the best.
Adoption is building a family through dedication and love.
For the family I have, I am blessed.Featured Shared Story
This story touched my heart deeply. As an adoptee, I relate to this greatly. Thank you so much.
3. What Is A Dad?
A Dad is patient, helpful, and strong
He is there by your side when things go wrong
He's someone who guides you to do the right thing
And helps you solve problems that life sometimes brings
A Dad is someone who is loving and kind
And usually knows what's going on in your mind
He is someone who listens and makes time to talk
When things are bad he doesn't turn around and walk
He is a strong shoulder when times are tough
And still loves you dearly when he's had enough
He helps you and guides you all that he can,
Wanting nothing more than to make you a man
A Dad's there when you're happy and even more when you're sad
Giving unconditional love whether you're good or you're bad
A Dad is someone that you can also call a friend
Who is there no matter what and will be till the end
They say that blood is thicker than water
But I know this isn't true
Because my son couldn't ask for a better Dad
Than one he has found in you
I think of all the years gone by and wonder
How different things would've been
If his real father put forth the love
That you have shown to him
Happy Father's Day!
Thank you for showing my son what a real father is
And for loving him as much as you do. You will always
Have a special place in my heart and hisFeatured Shared Story
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4. To A Mother I Never Knew
To a mother I never knew,
From a son who desperately misses you.
There were so many times I would imagine you,
But you would never appear.
And there were so many times I would cry for you,
Tear after tear.
I have even begged for you,
On both knees,
To please come save me, Mama,
Please, please, please.
And even as the years passed by,
I would never lose hope,
Because it was hope
That kept this little boy afloat.
I would daydream about the moment
When I would finally meet you,
And how I would cry and be speechless
Just to finally see you.
With my own two eyes,
Exactly how I had dreamed,
Angelic and beautiful
And as loving as you seemed.
But I'm all grown up now
With a son of my own,
And I try to give to him
What I've always wanted in a home.
I teach my son,
From the lessons that I've learned.
I teach him that love can't be bought,
It can only be earned.
I've learned that sometimes love
Is so much harder to show than to say.
That's how I know you truly loved me, Mama,
Because you're not here with me today.
I can only imagine
The selfless love that it took
To say goodbye to your child
And take one last look.
To let him go,
In hopes that he can live a better life.
The pain must've felt
Like a dull serrated knife.
I miss you every day, Mama,
And I hope to see you soon.
But if not,
Then I'll see you in my dreams tomorrow afternoon.Featured Shared Story
I really felt this poem because I went through the same things. I was never really with my mother in my life. I was adopted by my aunt and uncle at the age of two. I used to always cry...
5. Thank You For Taking Care Of Me
For everything you have ever done
To make my life better.
I might deny it sometimes,
But a great part of who I am
Is thanks to the two of you.
Sometimes I thought to myself
That you were being too strict,
But now I see
That it was all for the better,
And I am thankful for it all.
You taught me respect
On a level most kids my age
Never even heard of.
You taught me the value of life
In an easy way to understand.
I know that I
Can sometimes be a little hard-headed
Or even a real teaser,
But still I have managed
To follow your teachings
As good a person as I can be.
For everything.Featured Shared Story
Since I was born, I have never been loved by a person like the way my parents do. I was sometimes naughty, but they guided me through the right path. Days were sometimes dark friends turned...
6. Who Are We?
My mother was adopted.
All the records tightly sealed.
Now all she has are questions,
Like wounds that never healed.
And I wonder where I come from?
Who my father really is?
My Mother's husband raised me.
But I am really his.
And my husband was adopted.
All his records are sealed too.
We come from unknown places
And had parents we never knew.
I wish they had left some trace
Or a photograph to see
What our parents looked like.
Does my father look like me?
All this business left undone.
Like ghosts they left behind.
We're just dirty little secrets
Put out of sight and out of mind.Featured Shared Story
For some of us, meeting our parents saved our lives. I'm sorry things got hard. It is definitely hard to look at yourself and wonder where your nose, eyes, etc. came from. It's difficult to...
7. My Choice
The first time I looked into your eyes I cried.
You looked at me, knowing who I was,
Falling asleep because you knew you were safe.
I held you close as much as I could, knowing who you were
And realizing it wouldn't last forever.
I kissed your little button nose and smiled.
A second in time, but forever etched in my mind.
With an aching heart, I placed you in the arms
Of the woman I had chosen to be your mommy...
...and she whispered, "Thank you."
As I walked away, my heart breaking.
I knew sadness, joy, peace and anger.
But mostly I knew that you were loved
And that someday, somewhere
You would understand my choice.
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8. From The Love Of A Grandmother
From the moment I knew of you, so many emotions filled my mind.
This wasn't supposed to happen, not right now; I cried.
My love for you began to grow, which makes this so very hard.
To let you go with the hopes and dreams that your life will never be scarred.
As I watched her belly grow each day and I could feel you move inside,
There was never any shame of you, only a sense of pride.
I prayed and prayed every night for God to show the way.
I only want the best for you at this moment and every day.
I held you in my arms so tight and heard your little cry.
I will see you very soon, I said, but I will never say goodbye.
It brings me joy to know that you'll have everything you need in life.
For at this time it hurts to say these are things we couldn't provide.
I close my eyes and I see your face, wishing I could be with you.
I miss you dearly every day, for this is all so new.
You are loved so much by all of us and are so dear to our hearts.
For one day we'll be together again; our lives will never part.Featured Shared Story
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9. For My Children
For my children
I remember my pregnancy with you
I fell in love with your every move, and with the sound of your beating heart.
I held your precious body in my arms for the first time and took in your sweet, angelic presence.
Nothing could prepare me for what would lie ahead.
Nothing could prevent my heart from breaking, but it had to be done.
I tried to be strong, but my strength failed me.
I never knew it would be so difficult to write my own name.
I cried and was grateful for all the precious memories you've given me.
It was a new beginning for you.
The healing was beginning for me.
Time went forward, I learned and grew as I slowly let go of you.
My heart was healed, my life was blessed and my prayers were answered.
Still, there's days when I cry.
I will never stop thinking about you.
Still I wonder about the person you are now, and the person you've yet to become.
I pray that you will always know of the love I have for you.
It's only through the grace of God that you were mine for a time.
He gave you to me, I lovingly obeyed his plans for you.Featured Shared Story
I also gave my 5-year-old daughter up for adoption to a member of my deceased husband's family! I only saw her a few times after, and it broke my heart the times when I did get to see her!...
10. Sisters' Reunion
in Sister Poems
My Dearest Sister,
This journey has been long.
This experience like a favorite song.
Dreams realized and not abandoned,
Wishes finally granted.
My imaginary friend now has a name,
embodiment I now can claim.
I am yours and you are mine,
My sister forever,
no longer undefined.
This journey has indeed been long,
and now we know that what was wrong;
was just the timing in our past,
and now the clock can be still as last.
Long enough for us to embrace
the promises of tomorrow and what we'll face.
I envision a reunion,
happy not sad,
in which we're altogether,
now that would be rad!
Love from your 'little sister.'
- Jeni DawnFeatured Shared Story
After fostering and then adopting my dear little sister for three years, I am now 13 and my older sister 15. The little one welcomed into our family from adoption is 5. Fostering children had...