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“Twilight”: My Conversation With Becca Swick

First there was this.

Now we have this.

Has it really been 12 years?  Man, I feel old…but not older than Becca Swick!  (Ha, ha!)


Land of Gazillion Adoptees: Could you talk about what your daughter is going to be doing in China?

Becca: Kyra is going to college in Beijing. Her major is Chinese, with a minor in linguistics. She is blogging and illustrating a comic about her adventures. It’s going to be an amazing year for her. She is hoping to stay with a host family her first semester and on campus the second semester.

Land of Gazillion Adoptees: You’re in a new book. Would you mind talking about your piece and the book itself?

Becca: The book is “More Voices” and is an anthology follow-up of “Voice from Another Place.” My poem is about the subconscience mind wondering if our birth parents wonder where we are. Do they have a missing piece like some of us?

By Becca Swick (from “More Voices”)

I look at the sky in the midnight hour when everything is
Within the shadows beneath the stars, I can almost feel my
In the twilight just before sleep I can feel Omma’s stroking
my head.

A gentle singing of words barely heard. I fight the sleep.
I’m afraid to struggle. I don’t want to scare her away.
Please give me more time with this precious gift before dark-
ness comes to claim me.

Night gives away to a new dawn. I wonder does she dream
this too.

Land of Gazillion Adoptees: You’ve been involved in the adoption community for quite some time.  What’s surprised you the most?

Becca: I think the most surprising thing about our community is that we have similar stories. I feel like I am always meeting new family when I meet new adoptees. It doesn’t matter how long we haven”t seen each other, but when we do meet again, it’s like time hasn’t really passed. We have grown as a group. Our voices have gotten stronger. We are not afraid to let our thoughts be heard. It”s sad that over the years since adoption has started, some things haven’t changed. I would have thought adoptive parents and governments would have learned from the past. I would like to see citizenship grandfathered to those of us who were adopted before the citizenship laws came into effect.

Land of Gazillion Adoptees: Word. Thanks, Becca!

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