This poem came out of the June 4, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "Baby / Child" square in my 6-1-19 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. "Written Not in Blood" Adoption is an oath written not in blood but in trust. It is a promise to be there through all of life's ups and downs. It is a tree watered with sweat and tears. Blood may be thicker, but water is life.