PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —  Twelve-year-old Nadir is normally soft-spoken, but he’s found an outlet in poetry.

Here, he reads a passage from his poem titled “The Things I Don’t Have”…

“The things I don’t have is a mom and a dad,
This is why I sometimes stress
and why I’m sad.
People say be thankful for what you’ve got,
But when they say that, all you see is tears and snot.
I wish I had people who could hold me tight
all through the day and all through the night.”

When he’s not writing poetry, he loves playing basketball and would like to learn how to box.

His social worker, Luis Santiago, says Nadir would benefit greatly from a strong male role model and the structure of a permanent family.

And, Santiago says, Nadir is very dedicated to his education:

“No matter what happened the night before -– the new placement, the new home -– all he asks is, ‘Make sure I’m going to be on time for school the next day.’ ”

For more information, go to the web site of the Adoption Center of Delaware Valley,

Reported by Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio 1060
Produced by Timothy McLaughlin

“Wednesday’s Child” main page

Watch & Listen LIVE