Tulip Queen

My sister loaded the wheelchair into the trunk, 
just in case. My daughter walked her slowly to the car,
helped her lower herself into the front seat, passed her the
floral cane she loves. She wanted to see the tulips in full bloom.

At seventeen, she was on the very first Tulip Court
Dark-haired beauty with a radiant smile. Now, every year 
she’s invited back and fussed over – the last
of the original beauty queens, a living legend.

This year, the seventy-fourth anniversary of the tradition
honoring the city’s Dutch heritage, no invitation comes.
Times change. So we go to the tulips, make a wish, 
ask them to bless this life that we have left.

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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1 Response to Tulip Queen

  1. bobmoore33 says:

    They got BIG Mow Lines there in Washington Park!

    Robert C. Moore 4509 Scenic Drive Rocklin, CA. 95765

    925-200-4002 ________________________________

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