A Tale of Two Sisters It Was the Best of Rhymes - a Love Poem

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The true story of two Russian orphan sisters who are adopted by an American family only to clean their house and take care of their younger children. The younger orphan girl rebels and is put up for re-adoption but the older one is kept because she is a good worker.

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After years of separation, the older girl is 16 years old and demands her freedom. This is the true story of how they are finally re-united in "A Tale of Two Sisters".

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A Tale of Two Sisters

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It was the best of rhymes; it was the worst of rhymes.

This story has its birth in very early times.

A Russian orphanage was then the place.

Two little girls in time and space.

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Brought into this world by one mother,

Though their fathers weren’t the same.

Valentina was the older sister,

While Maria was the younger one’s name.

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Removed from their mother as babies,

But there was never a doubt in their minds.

They would always still be together,

Since blood is the tie that binds.

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When the other kids threatened Maria.

Valentina stood by her side.

They would always be there for each other.

There was never a reason to hide.

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But as time passed by they grew weary.

Would they have no mother and dad?

No one came forth to adopt them.

Their future was doomed to be sad.

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Then suddenly things changed forever.

A couple appeared at the gate.

They wanted to adopt two children.

It surely appeared to be fate.

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Now, they always would be together.

As a true family they would live.

Nothing could come between them.

There was plenty of thanks to give.

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But this isn’t the end of the story.

Things are not always as they would seem.

To live happily ever after,

Only appears in a dream.

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They quickly learned a cruel lesson.

They were adopted to serve and to clean.

They weren’t like other children.

Their treatment was really mean.

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They were made to sit for hours,

With their arms extended out straight.

When they failed to follow orders.

Was this to be their fate?

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Sleeping outside in cold weather,

Was another punishment given.

Withholding food altogether,

Until they were finally forgiven.

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But Maria could never be broken.

She resisted with all of her might.

So they decided one day to send her away.

Surely that couldn’t be right.

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Valentina told her young sister,

What she overheard in the night.

A woman was coming to visit,

To see if Maria was right.

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Soon Maria would have a new mother.

But Valentina was unable to leave.

Thousands of miles between them,

There wasn’t enough time to grieve.

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A vow they had made to each other,

They would now be unable to keep.

The thought of not being together.

Left them unable to sleep.

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Maria soon joined her new family,

But Valentina was required to stay.

How they managed to get back together,

Must wait for another day.

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We move on to four years later.

Valentina is sixteen years old.

She is ready to declare her freedom.

Her prison had lost it’s hold.

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Her telephone call was specific.

She needed some place to stay.

A promise once made to Maria,

Was kept on that very day.

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Her new parents had promised Maria,

When Maria was still very new.

If Valentina was ever available,

They would adopt her too.

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Soon the worst of times became the best of times.

This story finishes up in modern days.

A home in Dearborn Heights is now the place.

Two sisters reunite in time and space.

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Brought to America by one couple.

Though their new parents aren’t the same.

Now they always will be together,

Reunited with just one last name.

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A journey begun in Seattle,

Ended in Dearborn Heights.

And that is a "Tale of Two Sisters",

But of course it is only highlites.

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It was the best of rhymes; it was the worst of rhymes.

But just one final thought occurs today.

"It’s a far, far better tale than I have ever told".

So there is nothing more for me to say.

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A Tale of Two Sisters
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opusmith 5 years ago

I now realise you are the child in the poem I comment on a moment ago. I am so glad your ordeal has ended and you have found each other again. I look forward to following your hub :-)


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opusmith 5 years ago

Sorry for getting it wrong. I was not sure if you were the child or her rescuer. I am glad it is a happy ending for you all :-)


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

What a wonderful story. Thanks so much for sharing this shining example of the sisters' steadfast love and commitment.


Loquacious Laura 5 years ago

Wonderful storyline in poem form! Thanks for the "touch of the heart".


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rjsadowski 5 years ago Author

Thanks for visiting my hub.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Touchng. Good hub!


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rjsadowski 5 years ago Author

Thanks. True stories are better than fiction.


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brittanytodd 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Beautiful and close to the heart. Great poem!


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rjsadowski 5 years ago Author

I'm glad that this true tale has some special meaning for you.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

quote, often, yes. Thanks again for sharing!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

What a moving true story, thank you for sharing with us. Best wishes MM


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Little Light 4 years ago from Australia

Wow... this was incredible! I adore 'A Tale of Two Cities' and this was such a clever and moving poem. Great work!


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rjsadowski 4 years ago Author

I wasn't certain that anyone would see the parallel between the two stories. i appreciate your comment.


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wonderingwoolley 4 years ago from Madison, WI

This is really inspiring. I really liked it, thanks for sharing!!


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mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

This is such a special love story. You had big enough hearts to take in another child in order to reunite two sisters.

I wonder if there is a child welfare system in this country to check up on foreign adoptees' welfare? Or do they only have jurisdiction over domestic adoptions?

The girls' unhappiness is over because of your and your wife's capacity for love. You must have had a happy Thanksgiving.

Have a wonderful Christmas!


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Juliet Stewart 22 months ago from San Antonio, TX.

It started out sadly, as most Life Lessons do, with tears aplenty rolling down my face, I continued reading..., but as your Story unfolds, my tears they disappeared, you left me with a smile..., knowing, there are People who still care. Beautiful Poetry.

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