Mom Today Stranger Tomorrow

Mom Today Stranger Tomorrow

A Poem by Scarlet Letter
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A poem about being a foster parent

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Angel
Saint
Strength
Words tossed around meant to bolster

Anger
The system that fails kids each day
Visits that continue between predator and prey
Protocols they say are meant to help the children, but prolong their suffering
Drugs and drink leave permanent marks on tiny hearts

Joy
In reading books before bed
Snuggles on the couch
Watching that movie for the thousandth time
Piggy backs and horsie rides
Camping, hiking, climbing, exploring
Imagining the future

Despair
Canceled visits
No-shows
Children asking when they can go home
Not knowing the response
Seeing irreparable damage done that will never be fixed
Not bothering to learn our names, mom and dad worked last time

Peace
Mother and child rightfully united
Blood steps up when no one else would
Sacrificed are the vices rather than the children
Seeing little faces years later
Phone calls on birthdays
Cards with their smiling faces in the mail

Heartbroken
Hearing little ones cry at night, not knowing how to help
Babies clinging to the surrogate over flesh and blood
Loving them as our own
Having to pack their suitcase
Time and time again
Watching the van pull away
Never knowing where their path will lead
Waves of grief

Excitement
At first steps
First words
First lost tooth

Sorrow
Last hugs
Last book read
Final farewells

Mom today
Stranger tomorrow

© 2023 Scarlet Letter


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Added on July 8, 2023
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Scarlet Letter
Scarlet Letter

Canada



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I love art of all forms. The types I practice are writing, charcoal/oil pastels, music, photography, and more. Every time I look at something I see if it would be best as a picture, drawing, poem, or .. more..

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