A Grandmother's Endless Love: A Narrative Poem
This beautiful girl was born to a drug addicted Mother. She tested positive for Cocaine at birth,
The state took her away from her Mother, and gave her to her Grandmother to care for,
Her Grandmother was no youngster, and had already raised her four to adulthood,
But no foster home would care for this baby; not while this Grandmother had breath.
The Grandmother blamed the drug used by her Mother for the ear problems this baby had,
Nights were spent walking the floor with the baby in pain, and sleeplessness,
Grandma would hold her tight, rock her and sing her back to sleep,
After 4 surgeries on her ears, she still suffered hearing loss.
The Mother spent a year in prison for possession of cocaine with intent to sell,
And in this time this baby and the Grandmother bonded just like a Mother and baby would,
At the end of the year, her Mother came and rightfully took her from Grandma,
The Grandmother’s old frail heart was ripped out, but she had to watch the toddler go.
Grandma sat helpless on the sidelines and watched this baby being raised,
By a Mother who only cared about where her next “fix” would come,
Her heart would break when she went to their house, and see how this baby lived,
Among the trash, the dirty dishes, the roaches, and the mice.
When Grandma was allowed to take the little girl for a short visit,
They played together, made cookies together, and worked among the flowers they both loved,
Grandma listened to the child’s crying when it was time for the two of them to part,
Grandma would cry too, when she had to leave her, but there was nothing that could be done.
The Grandmother begged the child’s Mother to legally give her the little girl to raise as her own,
But the Mother would have lost the money she was getting from welfare, and so she would refuse,
Finally, when the girl was six years old, the Mother got tired of pretending to be a Mother,
She signed away all her parental rights, and Grandmother legally adopted the girl.
She was an overachiever in school, from Grade One through Grade 12,
She made Grandma proud by always getting good grades in every subject,
She learned sign language because she was legally deaf,
She took tap dancing, jazz, gymnastics, and loved to sing.
In Middle School she took up cheer leading, and dealt with her hearing loss,
In High School, she excelled in the marching band,
She applied for and won 18 Scholarships for college,
She chose a state university to attend not too far from home.
She worked three jobs while she was in college so she could earn the money,
To buy a used car, and rent an apartment to live in instead of the dorm,
Four years she worked and studied and finally got her degree,
Oh, what a proud and happy day that was for her Grandmother!
Grandmother doesn’t know the direction that God has planned for this girl,
But she knows she certainly deserves the very best that life can offer,
Her Grandmother knows she’ll go far with her positive attitude, her beauty and her brains,
Her prayer is that this girl will take with her into the future, all of Grandma’s love and devotion.
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