Write to Heal

writingSoul Water Rising held a contest, which asked foster youth to submit poetry showcasing their voice through their tumultuous experiences. When you have a second, take a look at the stories of these foster children. Some are uplifting, some are heartbreaking, but nearly every one talks about the struggle of transition and finding one’s place in the world. These poems are jarringly honest, and highlight both the good that happens in the system and the hurt caused by separation from one’s biological family.

For example, here is the poem which won the ages 13-15 Division. It was written by a 15 year old foster child from Maryland. To see the poem in its original posting click here.


I’d teach the world to spread their wings though mine seem to be broken

I’d teach the world to chase your dreams and fulfill those dreams unspoken

Even when the world seems cold carry on child and know

That i too am a troubled youth with only one place to go


I’d teach the world how to laugh and smile through thick and thin

As the time fades on me your journey can now begin

I used to feel so hopeless because a foster hood i was given

I’d teach the world though you have a label it doesn’t mean u have to live it


I’d write music to sing to those that feel lonely and no one cares

I’d give hope to those that don’t make it and feel life’s unfair

I can teach the world that though our destinies have been chosen

You still have a chance to heal your wings

For mine were once broken………


T.M. Age 15 Maryland, USA



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