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

together

 

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 four 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.!
    Bob

  2. Steve Rice says:

    This is just wonderful, Kate!!!

  3. Shannon Mundelius says:

    Our time has come.

    Excellent!

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