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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.

Christmas Carol

It’s just a day Christmas day But I feel its magical pull all year Counting down days in summer Marking the years off, one by one   Christmas past, a tiny organ playing carols Bouffant Barbie and Chatty Cathy ‘neath … Continue reading

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View from the 25th floor

Alone, in an unknown city Walking aimlessly 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 … Continue reading

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Lost Words

woke up in darkness, head pounding brain racing remembering a dream that went on and on   standing on stage in a place I’ve never been reading poem after poem list poem, prose poem, visual poem, poems recited to a … Continue reading

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Haiku Composed Beneath the Trees

                    Among the fallen leaves Where his scattered ashes fell Stone angel brings peace  

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Autumn Walk at Daybreak

setting out before first light wrapped in cold and still silent dark   spirit awakened, earth-tuned beneath heavy pines and sliver of fading moon shadowing this great horned owl   a flap of wings from above and beyond signaling change, … Continue reading

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Art Lesson

We’re told we must be silent when we paint Turning off the left brain so that we might see With artist’s eyes   In front of me, a small pallet – Six colors to make six colors and six hundred … Continue reading

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A Nun Speaks of Love

Sister Prejean spoke from the altar a preacher of rivers and fire awakened to injustice bearing witness to secret rituals hidden behind walls where she walked with dead men into the fire locked eyes with the dead men to restore … Continue reading

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Witness

In Ireland, we take a bus to 18 Parnell Square home of the Dublin Writers Museum to witness the old manuscripts letters and diaries, first editions and rare books locked behind glass   Outside, a steady rain pounds on leaded … Continue reading

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Reverie

Today after walking I sat in the sun September air making its subtle season shifts readying the leaves for changing while bird shadows dance high above my perch and woodpecker taps out his autumn song time time time time transporting … Continue reading

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Distraction: A Numbers Game

Yesterday I cleaned my closet, donated two trash bags stuffed with clothes that used to fit. I watered all the plants, repotted the lemon tree.   It has been three weeks since I retired. So far, I have rocked two … Continue reading

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