the beast that is foster care

June 12, 2011 at 1:06 am 13 comments

if foster care were an animal, what would it be…


a chameleon, so difficult to see,

changing colors, to deceive you and me?




the queen whose hive is up in the tree…

in charge of what happens to the bee family?




a giant tortoise, up from the sea …

it takes them forever, they move so slowly?




a hyena, in the desert laughing wildly…

its jaws so powerful, they’ll rip you apart quickly?




a giant panda, gentle and cuddly …

it cares for its young, so tenderly?




a 17-year cicada, eating  in a tree …

these insects come around so rarely?




a great white shark, in the ocean so free…

beware, it’s a creature extremely deadly?


so many years spent by me…

living in the animal kingdom, so dangerously.

kids dont belong with monkeys in trees,

kids like me, belong in FOREVER families…

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Foster Mom in Training  |  July 28, 2018 at 10:41 pm


  • 2. Foster Mom in Training  |  July 8, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Great poem, LT. I love to read your writings.

  • 3. Laura  |  June 13, 2011 at 8:08 am


  • 4. butterflysblog  |  June 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Sweet LT – you have such a creative wonderful gift, and you are putting it to such good use. You amaze me anew with every blog entry. Yay LT!

  • 5. fraujoolie  |  June 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Well said, Krista! I couldn’t agree more! You have a way with words, sweet LT.

  • 6. Steph  |  June 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Very, very creative! You did a great job picking animals with characteristics of the “system.” Love the turtle and the slow comment. So true.

  • 7. michelle v  |  June 12, 2011 at 11:25 am

    keep up the awareness. love your poems and also your storytelling. the hippy family ones you’ve told in the past give me hope. have a wonderful sunday. God bless!

    ♥ michelle

  • 8. unhappygrammy  |  June 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I love your poem and posted on my blog. Lt, you do a great job!

  • 9. MamatoMany  |  June 12, 2011 at 9:38 am


    May I add another word picture?

    A rotting stinking whale carcass on the beach?

    A big problem that people are afraid to acknowledge, let alone try to fix, that is a huge mess.

    Sorry, cranky at the system today.

    Encouraged by you.

    so very thankful for you.

  • 10. Becca  |  June 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Good poem LT. I’m hoping for more gentle, cuddly pandas in the foster care system—and more forever families too.

  • 11. Lee  |  June 12, 2011 at 8:06 am

    What a great poem. I can’t rhyme for beans–and what I like best is that the comparisons of hte animals to your various experiences in foster care make so much sense.

  • 12. Krista  |  June 12, 2011 at 1:50 am

    LT, I just wanted to let you know that you are a wonderful person, and you have an amazing gift for poetry and language. You are doing beautifully, sweetheart. Your blog crew sees that and we are all so very very proud of you!

  • 13. Crumble  |  June 12, 2011 at 1:46 am


    You amaze me – what a profound and lyrical poem! And such truth. I really think you have helped a lot of people gain insight into the system. I am sorry for all that you went through.

    You are brilliant – thanks for sharing your life with us! I hope you have a great Sunday.


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