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

 

©Kathy Moore, 2020


         Kathy Moore, BAWP 2002, recently retired as Director of Instructional Services in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. She continues to share her love of literacy as a family literacy coach and on-line writing instructor. Kathy was the City of San Ramon’s Poet Laureate for 2012-2018; her poetry chapbook, Avians of Mourning, is slated for publication in September (https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/avians-of-mourning-by-kate-mccarroll-moore/). In addition to holding a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from CSUEB, Kathy holds an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany.

 

 

 

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