Storm Warning

The birds understand

how today

the sky is a thick grey blanket

rippling in slow waves

releasing the unmistakable smell of about to rain


they were here this morning

among the roses

regaling with their sunshine songs until

they must have been cautioned by the wind to pack up their belongings

and take a little daytrip


Me? I’m not so wind-tuned.

There I sat as the sky changed, lost, deep in the pages of my book

splattered with raindrops

listening for birds that were no longer there.


(Day 30: 1 subject 30 ways #sensorypoem)


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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3 Responses to Storm Warning

  1. amyludwigvanderwater says:

    Oh, Kate. So so lovely. “not so wind-tuned”
    I am very grateful to have connected with you and these birds and poems all month long.
    Much love.

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