Painting of a Harlem orphanage by Jan de BrayA Poem on Foster Care: ‘Fostering Faith’ by Bethany Mootsey The Society June 9, 2021 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 7 Comments . Fostering Faith Will you slip through the system’s wide cracks Like a ball down a driveway’s storm drain? Will you bounce between homes, leaving tracks That they’ll only retrace if you’re slain? See, the case plan is hard to believe When so many are carelessly tossed, Doomed to land where no love can retrieve Even bits of the little lives lost. Yet my soul says, “Perhaps there still stands In the darkest of gutters, a guard: One whose outstretched and welcoming hands Have no cracks, just two holes that have scarred.” . . Bethany Mootsey is a stay-at-home mom and foster mom living in Clearwater, Florida. She is a Covenant College graduate with publications in “Church Educator.” NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 7 Responses jd June 9, 2021 Lovely, Bethany, on so many levels. Terrible, the thought of what too many children endure, but so hopeful in the final lines. Reply Paul Freeman June 9, 2021 I see you’re a foster parent, Bethany. Hats off to you. From the poem we can see you take on this responsibility from the heart. Unfortunately, I have seen fostering from the other end of the spectrum, where the foster parent treats the responsibility as a job, with profits maximised from the number of children fostered and the kids becoming a commodity rather than being someone to be cherished. I’m not the most religious person, but that last two lines really get me. Thanks for the read. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant June 9, 2021 Bethany, to my mind, to harm a child is the worst form of evil that exists and you manage to convey such atrocity with clarity and a heartful of care in a beautifully crafted poem that hits home with its stark message. The close is a heart-touching triumph that brings a beam of sunshine to an ever-increasingly dark world. Thank you! Reply email@example.com June 9, 2021 Beautiful Bethany! If all foster children could see this heartfelt poem on their behalf, they would know that we do care for and love them all. Reply Gail June 9, 2021 Brava! Reply Carol Connell June 10, 2021 Thank you, Bethany, for this touching poem. The last two lines are especially moving. I just shared this with a friend of mine that does foster care. Reply Margaret Coats June 10, 2021 Bethany, this is good use of anapestic meter, and a good choice not to make the poem a sonnet, but to leave it at twelve lines. The anapests suggest the rhythm of the bouncing ball you offer as an image in lines 2 and 3. We may expect a final couplet after the hopeful third quatrain, but that image of Our Lord’s hands can stand as powerful enough in itself. The lack of a final couplet also seems to express the ever-present uncertainty about how foster care will turn out. As Paul Freeman has noted, sometimes foster parents fail to meet the particular needs of foster children. As well, some foster children (because of immense needs they bring with them), can do great damage to the family trying to help. But both these situations can arise in all kinds of families. Faith helps understand the full range of a child’s personality, including his spiritual needs. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.