Catching Air

her partner is a circus performer

a fact that mesmerized my grandsons

listening in the living room

wishing for a trapeze to appear

above the fireplace


he regaled them with stories of diving without a net

and balancing babies in his open palm


they want to fly, my grandsons


It’s time that flies, I tell them

but they don’t believe

that once I as young as they are now

How I stood tall, balanced in the hands of my father

as he lay stretched out on the living room floor

raising me slowly above his head

so I’d feel like I could fly


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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