Patti Masterman


My father was an orphan


My father was an orphan,
And so I was an orphan;
My father never knew his fathers name,
And so I never knew my fathers name.

My father lost his mother young,
And I also lost my mother young;
My life followed every curve of his,
And I could imagine, his battle to live.

His childhood was diffused in me,
Percolating down, his song of being-
But cells talk to cells, closer than breath,
And life learns life- in spite of death.

*********************************** *******

I was adopted at three days of age,
by my parents, who knew my birth mother,
and it was an arranged adoption- sort of
like an arranged marriage; and I consider
myself quite lucky how it all worked out.

Submitted: Monday, September 26, 2011
Edited: Monday, September 26, 2011

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (My father was an orphan by Patti Masterman )

Enter the verification code :

  • Eric Cockrell (9/26/2011 8:42:00 PM)

    this is an excellent... been trying to comment on it on and off all day... inspired me to write the poem 'Ingrained'... thank you! (Report) Reply

  • Jim Troy (9/26/2011 1:50:00 PM)

    Such a heart wide open and beautiful poem you have woven with this one. The
    last four lines are so powerful and awesome and a truth we just understand to
    be, Remarkable and heart warming... Thanks for sharing..

    Jim Troy (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. I Draw Life, John Ugolo Umah
  2. The Journey..., John Ugolo Umah
  3. Soul, John Ugolo Umah
  4. Are You There?, Michael McParland
  5. Another Year, Michael McParland
  6. Another Day, Michael McParland
  7. Another Christmas, Michael McParland
  8. Another, Michael McParland
  9. Anonymous Girl, Michael McParland
  10. I want to be a serial chiller with you, Mandolyn Davidson

Poem of the Day

poet Pablo Neruda

I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]