is made of energy

He runs on excess air

Flying through the house and yard

Never quiet, never still


I pull him next to me and point

Out the window to a tree

Where still as still can be

Sits a ruby-throated hummingbird

Still-life painting on the leafy branch


 At first we thought it must be a leaf

Maybe mirage or figment

No bird could stay so still


Just like the miracle of the boy beside me there

Frozen in time

Watching with wonder

The bird stayed put for near an hour

And so did we


(Day 19: 1 subject 30 ways #openinglinepoem)

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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