Before Shavasana

There’s an empty field behind our house

every morning it comes alive

welcoming a gaggle of leggy geese

honking their sun salutations


same gaggle every day

same time too

they swoop in all at once – a goosey cacophony

interrupting my reverie

but then the most remarkable thing –

they stand in a circle of prayer

practicing their mindfulness

a birdlike tadasana


I stand at the window transfixed

then imitate their still-life pose

greeting the morning in peace

ready to take on the day


(Day 23: 1 subject 30 ways #strikingwordspoem)

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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