Two Worlds

Leaving the city

We descended the metal stairway

To the train

Passed a flock of sooty pigeons

Pacing back and forth across stained cement

Scavenging for food – half-eaten French fry, dropped chip

Alongside a homeless man


Back at home, drink in hand

I sat in the garden to read

Surrounded by

A burst of new-bloomed roses

And a tangle of wisteria

My own private Eden-

Serenaded by songbirds

Splashing in the birdbath, dining on premium seed


The world is inconsistent

And we don’t choose our fate

A lesson from the birds


On a sunny Sunday date


(Day 22: 1 subject 30 ways #messageendingpoem)

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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