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Poem for a Son-to-be

By Jill Work

We said
     We're starting on a second adoption
They said
     So soon? Is that wise?
- but they didn't know
   you were waiting for us...

We said
     This time we want a boy
They said
     Girls are easier to raise
- but they didn't know
   you were waiting for us...

We said
     We want a toddler
They said
     It's better to adopt an infant
- but they didn't know
   you were waiting for us...

They said
      But how can you afford to?
We said
      But how can we afford *not* to,
- since we know
   you are waiting for us...

Now we need only find out who-
and where-
      you are

So that you
and we
      need wait no more.

Copyright 1998 Jill Work

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Jill Work wrote this poem for her son-to-be Quinn, while he was 33 mos. old and waiting in Can Tho, Vietnam. Jill is the adoptive mother of two children. She can be reached at <> and

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