He would have turned 90 today, had he lived another year

His body, tinned ashes   

buried beneath a tree, close to home

soothed now by wind

and swooping soaring birds


We called him birdmanmac

forever trying to outsmart squirrels

who hung from feeders, unafraid


One winter a hawk landed in the pear tree outside his window

sat there staring steadily for hours

brothers in the fight against the enemy


today we drove to see an eagle’s nest

perched atop a redwood

watched the birds puff and preen

high above this hallowed ground

a fitting tribute to a proud and mighty man

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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1 Response to Homage

  1. bobmoore33 says:

    really beautiful Kathleen, like you!
    I loved him too.

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