Poems & Essays

15 Aug

Stepping Into Foster Child Adoption

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Like a high board diver
toes curled around the edge
in that breathy moment of pause
between the waiting and the falling,
water dark-circling the unknown below,
I wait to mother a stranger’s child
whose love flows toward another.
What does falling mean?
Pink leather petals rocking
themselves to the ground,
curling as the
late sun slips itself into the
edge of day, sometimes leaning too far
into possibility,
resolving to be ready,
arms pointing toward
nothing that will hold me,
head dipping forward,
rolling over and under that tickle of
until the sky’s my footstool
and water breaks its seal,
absorbs the fallen,
resumes its churning,
deeper still
below the wake,
the waiting and the listening
the holding and un-breathing,
and then,
after that harrowing flash of silence,
love in all its glory
bubbles up.


Julianne Palumbo has published her poems, short stories, and essays. She is the author of Into Your Light (Flutter Press, 2013) and Announcing the Thaw (Finishing Line Press, 2014), poetry chapbooks about raising teenagers. Julianne was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013 for her poem “Stuffing Lockers.” She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Mothers Always Write. Julianne provides individual editing/coaching services to writers. You can find her here: www.juliannepalumbo.com and https://www.facebook.com/JuliannePalumboAuthor.


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