In All Things Erika, EMPTY ARMS: a novel

“Daisy” is the first in a collection of original poems and paintings depicting a little girl who “grew up on canvas”, created by birthmother Susan Van Sleet, following the placement of her daughter through a closed adoption in 1966.


She loves me, she loves me not
Hair tied up in a little French knot
I imagined the kisses her mommy gave
And mentally kissed her that very same way
Did she have a pudgy angel’s face
Was she blond, blue-eyed and full of grace

I envisioned petals plucked one by one
I pretended to see her fingers and thumbs

The paint would dry in softest blend
Then for the moment my heart would mend
I painted her in just that way
I wonder if she picked a daisy that day

For more of Susan’s work, visit her Facebook page, Canvas Creations.

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