Turning Point


Once upon a lifetime ago

You breathed your way into the world

Beginning the story that is your life


Through moments and days and months and years

Every weird and wondrous and wicked thing you’ve seen

Everything you’ve heard, and felt, and read, and done

All of this has been added line by line by line to the story of you

And every line has led you to here, this moment, this now


Today marks the end –

the riveting end of the chapter titled The Formative Years

A cliffhanger ending perhaps…

What will happen when you turn the page?


Make this new chapter worthy of being read

It’s time to put pen to page and write what happens next


Make sure when you do that you know the secret of all good writers.

First drafts are messy.

Revision is powerful. And necessary.

Even the most carefully edited manuscript always has a typo or two.


To be believable, the main character will have flaws

And adversity

And triumphs

Love and loss

A life story

Your story


Tonight the page is turning

The new chapter beginning

So write life large and in permanent marker

Get busy

The world needs your story

The world is waiting for you

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 for children and adults. 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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