Lake Luzerne, 1939


At twelve, he begged his father

to take in a game

just the two of them


watching the pitcher warm up

this perfect day unfolding


A fast ball

the crack of the bat

ringing in his ears

and someone calling his name


His brother

caught in deep water

struggling to stay afloat

called out to him,

his voice carried on the wind


Their mother,

aproned behind the kitchen door

daydreaming and

whistling an old song,

heard the screams too late


Dark clouds rolled in

as they pulled his brother from the water



A father gone deaf, a mother grown silent

a house of grief  and blame

If only…

This would be their family story


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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