Today after walking I sat in the sun
September air making its subtle season shifts
readying the leaves for changing
while bird shadows dance high above my perch
and woodpecker taps out his autumn song
time time time time
transporting me back to summer’s end in Papa’s yard
standing still in the garden beneath a tall pine tree
slow bee buzz and my first woodpecker concert
Papa in his suspendered jeans, tapping time on a rusty trash can
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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A beautiful remembrance of your Grandfather and youth.