Present Tense

We walk across the manicured lawns and through the marbled hallways

Stop to study the writings and paintings and antiquities

collected and curated across the centuries

testament to curiosity and the worship of creation


We pause before works sculpted before Christ, still intact

once buried, now preserved, revered once more


We stand, transfixed – a single tile, Italian

holds us fast

its message, translated, mesmerizes, challenges, comforts

Have hope

a message for today, we carry it with us out into the California sunshine




We check our messages in the courtyard

Another shooting

This one in a newsroom


We sit in silence


No more

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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1 Response to Present Tense

  1. bobmoore33 says:

    Sadly , Humans are Barbarians—B.C. and A.D. But poets have always given us us hope, from the blind Homer to the lovely McCarroll Moore!

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