Alone, in an unknown city
Alone, down empty streets
Beckoned inside a church with an open door
Following the scent of roses to the altar
Roses, in various stages of bloom
Placed at the feet of
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Shimmering there, in radiant light
What is prayer?
Why was I there?
The quiet peace of a mid-day church
The radiant light, the quiet peace of kneeling alone
Amid the roses
Later that night, alone in my room
Staring down at the lights below
Reflecting on lives lived
behind shimmering glass
ordinary things done in the night
all those saints and sinners alike
sending up fervent prayers in the dark
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 for children and adults. 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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this is beautiful spiritually moving