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O r p h a n

A poem

By Natasha CollazoPublished 19 days ago Updated 18 days ago 1 min read
Top Story - May 2024
O r p h a n
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Over the rainbow and back again, every-time I meet my new

Rent-A-Mom. Showering me with temporal love.

Passing the same thing to another in a month.

Holy grounds is where I found,

Adoption papers signed in blood, that nailed my identity to his brow.

Never once was I ever really fatherless.


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About the Creator

Natasha Collazo

**Studying Modern Journalism @ NYU **

Project: The diary of an emo Latina

I get inspired at the mid of night

Stock market by day, howler by night


Inquiries: [email protected]

Instagram: @sunnycollazo

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  • Shirley Belk13 days ago

    So sad

  • Anna 13 days ago

    Back to say congrats on your well deserved top story!!🥳🥳

  • BrettNotGreg14 days ago

    Very heartfelt and poignant! Congrats on another top story!

  • Thavien Yliaster14 days ago

    "Signed in blood?" - Is this about religion?

  • Andrea Corwin 14 days ago

    Adopt A Mom showering you with temporal love. Kids without parents or with parents who are emotionally absent have it tough. A hard poem to read but one harder to write. Congrats on TS!!

  • Lana V Lynx14 days ago

    Wow, this is heart-wrenching, especially the last line. If one has a father, are they really an orphan? I understand what the poem means, I'm just interested linguistically as English is not my native language.

  • Amanda Starks14 days ago

    Wow, so glad I stopped to read this acrostic poem this morning. This was well-done, and it feels like it has so many layers to unpack despite the brevity of the poem! The last line especially got me as it's not only in contrast to the rent-a-mom, but it could be interpreted as an orphan finding hope/faith in a higher power/religion like a father figure, or it could be a more sarcastic/cynical line that has nothing to do with faith at all. Really got my brain working! Congrats on top story! c:

  • Randy Baker14 days ago

    An outstanding acrostic, powerful and concise. Congrats on a well-deserved Top Story.

  • Congrats on your TS!

  • Ameer Bibi14 days ago

    It's lovely and gloomy at the same time. And yes, having a family, an identity, and the search for stability are important and resonate with many people. Sometimes, our biological mothers can't take care of us in the way we expect from a mom, and sometimes, an adopted child gets exceptional relationships. But whatever the case, children's mental stability and responses affect a lot.

  • Paul Stewart15 days ago

    Boom, back to say Congrats on Top Story. I mean, it's sad...but stunning in execution.

  • Hannah Moore15 days ago

    This is a solid wallop to the chest.

  • Manisha Dhalani15 days ago

    Heartfelt. Congrats on top story, Natasha.

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Tiffany Gordon 15 days ago

    Powerful & Well done!!

  • Beautiful beautiful beautiful 🤩

  • Christy Munson16 days ago

    Hard hitting in all the best ways, ways that only the written word can expose. Powerful work here.

  • Novel Allen17 days ago

    Great insight into the little ones who get passed from one home to the next. So sad. I grew up with many in my home and I inherited some of my own. Wonderful insightful words.

  • D.K. Shepard17 days ago

    What a powerful and poignant acrostic! Very raw and well written

  • Paul Stewart18 days ago

    Ouch. The lines that really stand out for me are - Rent-A-Mom. Showering me with temporal love.

  • Gosh that was so emotional! Sending you lots of love and hugs ❤️

  • Anna 18 days ago

    "Adoption papers signed in blood" Wow, this expression couldn't have been written better! It was my favourite, it hits hard!

  • "Rent-A-Mom" is an insanely hard line. Great poem!

  • That is wonderful. I appreciate it.

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