“Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
It’s time to take note of a matter that is close to my heart- children in the foster care system (the “System”). A question that I’ve been asked ever so often- “Why should kids be taken away from their families and placed with total strangers, who are in all probability more unfit than the biological parents?”
There’s no real answer to this, except that the State takes care of its kids- or at least tries to. If a child is at any kind of risk- be it physical or emotional, it could endanger the child’s overall well being, health and even life, thus resulting in the intervention of the State. Without getting into technical details and using terms like permanency, kinship, termination of parental…
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Wet Grass, Weeds
A lone raven
circling the neighbor’s oak,
an oddity in this neighborhood,
lending mystery to the afternoon,
a gateway through dandelion
fluff and the blue seeping through clouds.
A car rumbles by,
stereo hammering the air,
warnings everywhere for the wary.
“Wet Grass, Weeds” first appeared here in May 2016.