Thoughts Around the Tree

San Ramon Tree Lighting

One of my first duties as Poet Laureate was to present a poem at the annual tree lighting, a night of caroling, light and laughter. Here’s the poem.

Winter, dark winter, comes again to us all
To remind us of what is about to unfold,
This magic connection we share round the tree
Brings us close as we wait for a sign

Our celebration that’s now about to begin
Sets the stage for this season of light
We wait here in joy and in wonder
Celebrate life with family and friends
And all that we have in abundance

We stand here together filled with the hope of those things
Still unknown, still unseen, yet inspired
The promise of wishes granted
Hopes realized
Kindness repaid
Generosity offered
Hearts warmed
Promises kept
Prayers answered
Lights lit
We embrace this festive festival
So peace and love might light this special night.

About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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