Bella's painting

©Bella J. McCarroll, 2016

That noble hawk watching from the lightpole
Messenger from the otherside
This is the year that my father died.

This is the year that I put pen to paper
Bird scratch across the empty pages
Trying to capture a lifetime

A lifetime, then, oh,

The great unknown.

I wake to the smell of coffee
And the realization
That you are not of this world
No longer of this world

I write down memories
I say your name
I study birds in the morning sky
In the hope that I can keep you alive.

Already you are fading
Day turns to deep dark night
And my brother asks for signs

I only ask for answers
What is permanent? What is real?

©Kathy Moore, 2016

Kathy Moore, BAWP 2002, serves as the Curriculum Coordinator in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and as a staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kathy is the City of San Ramon’s Poet Laureate for 2012-2016; she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an Instructor in the Master of Arts in Teaching Leadership program at St. Mary’s College of California. 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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