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When the Time is Right

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When the Time is Right

For nearly 45 years I never spoke of  that day; the emotional pain was too great.
I simply hid it in the lining of my soul, knowing in my heart you didn’t stand
a chance with me as I stood in the rubble of my life and let you go, wrapped
in my heart with a wish and a prayer- all I had to give. And for 45 years, 
I dreamed of you and me playing in fields of daisies under blue skies as
I cried inside, wondering where you where, and if there was a part of you  
that somehow would remember me- would remember the bond we made 
in that single moment we shared together, when the nurse held you up to the
nursery window for me to see as I  stood on wobbly legs, with my trembling 
hands holding unto a pole with a dripping IV?

I prayed. Lord! How I prayed that someday, by the grace of  God, 
you’d come back to me when the time was right. 

So I lived my life. Got back up and crawled out of the rubble that was me, 
and lived with half a heart that somehow still managed to beat.

With the passing of  time, I bloomed; sometimes red, sometimes blue when I thought of all the years we could have shared as I sat and listened to family and friends 
tell me of the joyful times they shared with their children, grandchildren 
and great-grandchildren as, I  smiled and  cried inside and dreamed of you, 
and all the years of your life I  missed and, all the years I would never know. 
It was then I realized I was a very lonely soul. So, I wrote and wrote and
wrote, never suspecting for a moment that  nearly 45 years later,
you would find me through a poem I wrote for you.

I know I can never replace the mother and father who raised you, for the bonds
of time shared  are  much stronger than blood. Yet knowing what a wonderful 
women you turned out to be, beautiful, intelligent, compassionate  
and now with a daughter  of your own, is enough for me, and someday  
when the time is right for you, I hope and pray , we will meet again.

                                               ~~~~~~

                                                 Elaine George 


This is a true story.  It was through this forum ( poetrysoup ) my birth daughter found me. 


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  1. Date: 6/25/2013 9:05:00 AM
    I deeply felt this wonderful piece..... Well penned. Big congrats on your win. xx

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 5:34:00 PM
    I definitely know there is a moral to this story.... But it is touching if it only stands alone. You gripped my heart with this entry... much love and congratulations to you..... Jake

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 8:41:00 AM
    The pain comes through in your words. What a wonderful tale that you found your child through this site. congratulations on your win in the contest and in life. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 7:30:00 AM
    Beautiful story and beautifully written. Congrats and thanks for submitting Kim!

  1. Date: 12/10/2012 10:11:00 PM
    Ah me, Elaine...how I miss your wonderful way with words...I can well identify with this, although my circumstances were a bit different..Miss you my friend! - Tim

  1. Date: 11/24/2012 1:42:00 PM
    An amazing write Elaine. You still have time to make it all right in your heart and mind. I lost a baby but by death. I have an image of him as an angel looking down from above smiling an knowing will finely meet at the end. I'm happy you'll get to know your daughter. God Bless, Connie

  1. Date: 11/24/2012 9:04:00 AM
    Lainie, I believe I read this heartfelt poem before.And it is poignant as ever! I was thrilled to see your comment today. So long without you here, how are you doing? Please soupmail me or something!! I really wish you were here all the time. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/22/2012 4:33:00 PM
    Hi Elaine, wow..this is very emotional... wow.. heartfelt..., enjoyed stopping by once again ;-)~ Hope you are having a joyous holiday. Take care ~PD

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 10:34:00 AM
    Hi Lannie! I hope all is well with you. Please have a look at Ruben's blog, and please approach it with an open heart. thank you so much, hugs, Catie :)

    George Avatar Elaine George
    Date: 11/21/2012 4:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Catie. So nice to hear from you. I don't visit the soup much these days - too busy with other writing projects. I looked for Ruben's blog, but couldn't find it. I am well and happy as I hope you are. When time permits, I will return to the soup. bfn, Lainnie
  1. Date: 10/31/2012 11:08:00 AM
    Hope all is well with you. Have not seen you here for a long time. love phyl

  1. Date: 9/11/2012 5:58:00 PM
    awww so wonderful, children having children..growing..remembering..becoming..rebirthing, re joining, God I hope this all works out for the both of you. Light & Love..your friend in poetry always

  1. Date: 8/17/2012 1:50:00 PM
    Time for a new piece of poetry Lainie. I await your reentry into the Soup. I pray you and your daughter are reunited and close now. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 4:26:00 PM
    WooW simply beautiful..

  1. Date: 5/24/2012 6:16:00 PM
    Hi Laine. Noticed you have not been on the soup for a while. I hope all things are well with you. So many have left the soup and sometimes I come across some on facebook. Take care. love phyl

  1. Date: 5/3/2012 10:26:00 AM
    To be certain... 'tis though true... this indeed is the stuff goosebumps be made of... SeaWolf

  1. Date: 9/15/2011 6:38:00 PM
    see you have not posted for a while, i'm just back and now living in the uk after 45 years away in new zealand and austalia. glad i read this elaine, excellent reallyawesome. harry

  1. Date: 8/25/2011 5:50:00 PM
    I just had a good cry here. Awesome, You really put your heart on the line, it is divine. Love and blessings, Vienna.

  1. Date: 8/24/2011 12:52:00 AM
    Thanks Elaine. Until then.

    George Avatar Elaine George
    Date: 8/27/2011 6:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Love you Jen. Until then, I dream of you. Your birth mother, Elaine
  1. Date: 8/20/2011 2:20:00 PM
    Deeply touched by this piece you have written Laine, wishing you and your daughter the very best..

  1. Date: 8/5/2011 10:32:00 AM
    truly touching with a happy ending Lainie and I read it previously but wanted to reread it again ..so lovingly written ..so full of emotion my friend..proving..good things come to those who wait... and have great faith.. u are special luv..

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