Mountain Ash

mountain ash

When I was little
Two mountain ash trees grew
At the end of our driveway,
One on either side
Tall and welcoming
Clusters of orange berries
A cheery hello

How proud I was of those two trees
The only ones on our whole street
My street
My trees
Watching out, watching over
As we played circle hopscotch
Or spied on the boys

Today, I walked out of my office
Startled by a familiar clump of orange berries
Mountain-ash like
Here, a lifetime away
A continent away
I pulled out my phone to take a picture
To capture the past

This is for you, Dad
A reminder of all the days tied to memory
That come bubbling up
At the most unexpected times, in the most unexpected ways.

Today, I am a child again
Under the outstretched arms of a long-ago tree.

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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2 Responses to Mountain Ash

  1. Robert C. Moore says:

    this is great

    Robert C. Moore RSVP 5776 Stoneridge Mall Road- #346 Pleasanton , Ca. 94588 Office-925-416-7787 cell-925-200-4002

    Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2013 13:53:04 +0000 To:

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