Hope (after Helsinki)









It should be even hotter this day, deep in July

but there’s a cool breeze ruffling the Potomac

as we walk along the National Mall


We stop at the tall obelisk,

We run our hands along the wall engraved with the names of the dead

watch an old man trace the memory of his beloved’s ghost

We climb the stairs to the place where Lincoln sits, towering over the crowd

reminding us to cherish a just and lasting peace, just within our reach


We breathe the air as one


We push through museum’s heavy doors,

spaces filled with curiosities and collections

objects of wonder, categorized and stored

mementos of the past

war and sacrifice

the fight for freedom


A helicopter whirs overhead

The wind picks up

distorting the shimmery shadows of the reflecting pool

history is heavy with the reminders of what’s at stake


We breathe this air as one

We are the people

We rise

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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