I’m trying to remember

what first sparked it

this fascination with birds

my lifelong obsession, a natural connection


hours spent pressed against a frosty window pane

watching backyard birds at the feeder

jays and cardinals, bright blooms of color against the snow


lone killdeer darting across the road

a flash of white in the distance

the tap tap tap of a red-capped woodpecker in grandpa’s tree

the startling thrump of a barn owl landing on the porch


that circling red-tailed hawk, those ruby-throated hummers

an eagle’s nest swaying atop a suburban redwood

slow parade of ducklings emerging from a rainy stormdrain

shattered babyblue robin’s egg at my feet


freedom and fragility, chance and design

life’s questions and answers

on a wing and a prayer

my natural connection, a lifelong obsession


(Day 6: 1subject30ways #freeversepoem)

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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