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One Year Ago Today

By Jill Work

One year ago today
    we had an answer to a prayer
    when we finally received a call
    to say that *you* were there.

'Though holding only a photo,
    ours hearts were lost that day
    to a tiny girl in China
    half a world away.

The baby face and tiny ears,
    the lovely almond eyes,
    the chubby oh-so-kissable cheeks
    held power to mesmerize.

The distance seemed to melt away
    'though still a world a apart.
    Gazing at your picture,
    we met you heart-to-heart.

At long last knowing you were real
    a child to call our own,
    the daughter we were soon to meet
    to finally bring you home.

And now I hold you in my arms
    and count my blessings from above
    because just one year ago today
    we were given *you* to love.

Copyright 1998 Jill Work

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 Jill Work wrote this poem for her daughter Zia, adopted at 17 mos. 2/98 from Ma-anshan, Anhui, China. She is the adoptive mother of two children. Jill can be reached at <> and <>.

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