Yesterday I cleaned my closet,
donated two trash bags stuffed with clothes that used to fit.
I watered all the plants, repotted the lemon tree.
It has been three weeks since I retired.
So far, I have rocked two babies, one at a time.
Played pickle in the middle with two grandsons.
Read four books.
Sat in the garden for hours on end,
Thinking about life to the tune of a wisteria-drunk buzz of bees
and one raucous crow.
It’s lovely here in the garden.
Maybe tomorrow I’ll write.
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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Wow. You are so Great!!!!