“A Beautiful World”©Grandma Moses, 1948

In a Vermont gallery

twenty years ago

I splurged on 

a beautiful world

to hang above my bed


each morning I’m awakened

by visions of Grandma Moses

an old woman

working oils into dark wood  



now, not yet as old 

I’ve begun 

to see with artist’s eyes

painting in silence 

waiting for poems


It’s a prayerful meditation

to place a small pallet on the table

and begin


finding hidden shapes

and shades within a leaf

all of nature, a metaphor


I dip my brush into the water

colors becoming other colors

bright specks spreading quickly, bleeding hope


Life bursting into light


©Kathy Moore, 2019

                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 book club facilitator and family literacy coach throughout the greater Bay Area. Kathy was the City of San Ramon’s Poet Laureate for 2012-2018; she teaches poetry writing workshops whenever she can. 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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