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



©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 ( 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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