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Adoption Papers
by Robert Rosenbloom

When our parents
were away, my older
brothers teased me.
They said I was adopted,

that the papers were up
in the kitchen cabinet
with other important papers
we kept beneath the

portable broiler,
which I couldn’t reach
without standing on
the kitchen table—

which I wouldn’t do.
When I asked them to take
the papers down, they said
a judge had ordered

them moved. If I’m ever
recognized for something
important, I’ll deny
I’m related to those morons.

SOURCE: “Adoption Papers” previously appeared in the Paterson Literary Review.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I’d have to guess I was 4 or 5 when my father took this posed photo. This was the 1950s. I had a happy childhood. I have two brothers, both older. I’m the baby. Generally, they looked out for me. We did fight. And they liked to tease, which is reflected in the poem.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert Rosenbloom is the author of a chapbook, Reunion, published Finishing Line Press, 2010. He lives in Bound Brook, New Jersey, with his wife. He’s a certified civil trial attorney and has an MA (1975) in Creative Writing from The City College of New York. His poems have appeared in the Paterson Literary Review, Tiferet, Edison Literary Review, Home Planet News, Exit 13, US 1 Worksheets, among others.