Sue Fulton – Birth Father

June 30, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More

When you were six,
Watson & Crick cracked the helical code
driving the organization of
life itself

This tiny molecular thread,
woven from our ancestral pasts,
led me back to you
with each A, G, C and T.

In the summer of ’69,
she caught your eye.
Now your gaze touches me
from an old photo on my desk.

Born into shame, but released
by science, I reach out, making my
peace with the father I’ll never meet.

(Note: A, G, C, and T stand for Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine and Thymine, which form the building blocks in a DNA strand)

Author’s Note: In the 1930s, states in the U.S. started passing laws sealing adoption records which made finding birth family very difficult. After years of failing using traditional search methods, I had my DNA tested in the summer of 2013. Within a month, I identified my birth parents. Unfortunately, both had passed away before I could find them. Legislators are currently debating opening these records for adoptees in many states. It’s my hope that the records are unsealed so that medical information and family history can be shared as well as allowing birth families and adoptees to connect.

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Category: Knowing, Poetry, United States of America

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  1. Ada Wiam says:

    Ma’am, such a touching poetry, this is. It is sad and heartbreaking. Hope they do that with adaption – opening records.

    • Sue Fulton says:

      Ada, Thank you for your comments. It is sad, but at the same time my birth parents’ families have been so welcoming to me. I have found my peace and it’s my wish that other adoptees find their peace as well.

  2. Jo says:

    I like the linking of biology and poetry here!

    I am glad you could trace your birth parents and found peace.

  3. Jill Coyle says:

    I like the way you structure this- going from the very general (“big picture”) concept of life in its totality and then telescoping in on the personal. Nice juxtaposition- the specific and personal set against the backdrop of big, impersonal concepts like “time” and the helical code.

  4. I love the sounds of “when you were six” and “Watson & Crick.” Great sounds all through–subtle, but there.

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