As Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center (ACI) enters its second quarter century, consistent with our mission of “Helping Children Through Adoption” we are now engaged in providing a forum for people to share their thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences with adoption. ACI feels privileged each and every time someone is willing to share a piece of their life journey with us. Today we feel honored to be able to share a poem, “Listen”, powerfully read by the author, Leah.
A two week old baby was left on the side of a
Busy road filled with
Cars and people rushing to and fro
No one stopping to hear the
Desperate music of a whimpering child
Like the street musician who
Plays his heart out but
Never gets noticed.
Brought to a
Cold dark orphanage
Too young to fully understand the
Situation she was thrown into
Like all the other little girls
Lined up in baby baskets
Along a white wall washed with
Tears of the abandoned little ones who
Didn’t have a place
Never even knew their parents.
She has no family
But what does that word mean anyway in a world where
Mothers abandon children and
Fathers leave home for a night of drinking?
She has a mother and a father
People she call her parents who
Love her more than anyone would
Ever think someone could
Love something so different.
Growing up hurt, lost and
Asking big questions
Before the ones who have answers
Can think of proper responses
She likes to think herself a lost princess,
One who has mountains upon mountains of
Acceptance and love
Rather than money.
She yearns to be thought of as more than a mistake
Longs to be looked at with kindness rather than confusion
An exotic freak in a family of
She learns to accept the facts
Stops asking the questions that
No one seems to be able to answer
But though the truth hurts
A pebble can never shine without
Being turned over and over through the grindstone.
A bird can never fly without the question filled free-fall of
“What happens if I hit the ground?”
Spreading her wings and taking off,
She grows up independent
With a true family
One stronger than simply blood
With bonds created instead from pure love.
And when she comes across a street musician
Playing his heart out on the side of a busy road
– Leah Rosenzweig
Thanks to Susan Andrews and Jeff Braddy for helping to produce this exquisite video. http://andrewsbraddy.com