Autumn Walk at Daybreak

setting out

before first light

wrapped in cold

and still silent dark


spirit awakened,


beneath heavy pines

and sliver of fading moon

shadowing this great horned owl


a flap of wings

from above

and beyond

signaling change, perhaps


as I round the corner

they are already here

the workmen

come from far away

under cover of darkness

to lie in wait

in their dusty Hondas

while the neighbors rise,

creatures of habit,

get in their fancy cars

and head somewhere else

to obey the natural order of things



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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