By Myla Stauber

Even though I was afraid
you laid a hand on mine and said “it’s ok, don’t cry Myla, …your baby is out there
and she’s waiting patiently for you.”

Even though I didn’t believe somedays,
you believed for me
when I couldn’t muster it, you called,
you wrote, you came around anyway.

When I couldn’t stand any more questions or talk
you said you were thinking of me and that meant so much
even if I couldn’t express it

I was angry and hurting,
so much grief, pain, and loss-
when I could not see beyond it you said “love, Myla”

When I was too close to the situation and my vision clouded,
bogged down in logistics
you reminded me of the reason,
of the direction,
of the necessity,
of the power inherent in us all to rise above.

My tears are grateful ones now, friend, believe it.
I take you with me when I go.

Copyright Myla Stauber 2000

Myla Stauber adopted her child from Viet Nam in 2000. She writes, “I dedicate this poem to all those who helped, understood, worked, provided advice and loving kindness to us on this journey. To thank you …. and to bless those still waiting. It happens and it is the mightiest miracle in the world.”

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