The Second Coming

It was the ‘70s

Professor Dumbleton stood

at the front of the classroom

reciting a poem from memory


His back to us

chalk dust flying

with passionate intensity

as he spiraled the widening gyre

across the board


Things fall apart;

the centre cannot hold


And here we are again


In the midst of a pandemic

One man stands at the podium, unmasked


In the midst of peaceful protests

One man brandishes a bible, unrepentant


In the midst of endless suffering

One man sends a tweet, unhinged


Things fall apart;

the centre cannot hold


Things fall apart;

the centre cannot hold


The time has come

Our time has come


We are coming together to hold

each other



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 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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4 Responses to The Second Coming

  1. bobmoore33 says:

    Just great…..beautifully expressed and spiritually Correct.. we will all make it
    pray God

    your friend …WB Yeats
    proud of you Kate
    and like so many Irish you have a wonderful way with the language and the ability to summarize and inspire thank you for the loving care you bring to anything you touch.!

  2. Steve Rice says:

    This is just wonderful, Kate!!!

  3. Shannon Mundelius says:

    Our time has come.


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