Collective Memoir, Inspired by Miss Amy K.R.

We are nine well-traveled women sitting in a circle in a stranger’s backyard

at the top of a late-summer hill

reflecting on the world we left behind for a day

feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude

and appreciation for this moment

in this wonderful, and sometimes too chaotic life


All have walked on distant beaches,

felt the sand between our toes

stood at the base of a giant redwood

cooked with color, exercised our bodies and our minds

and read books that have changed us


We’ve felt the power of first love,

said I love you in the moment

held someone’s hand through sorrow

shared uncontrollable laughter

and gone road tripping


We’ve all found ourselves lost at times

but today we are found,

feeling a powerful connection to nature, the great outdoors

and something greater than ourselves

our lives now intertwined, new friendships cultivated by a local bookseller

and a belief in that simple truth, revealed by Anne Frank,

that people are really good at heart

despite everything


by Marie, Donna, Theresa, Jami, Sharron, Sheri, Susie, Dianne, Kathy

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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