©L.F. Tantillo, 2022


I sent my aunt a Mary Oliver poem that spoke to me

about the futility of worry. It ends with the lines

Finally, I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
and sang

She responded in kind, a line worthy of a poet.

I try to sing but end up crying.  Maybe that’s my song? 

My aunt is eighty-seven.

She raised ten children.

Sent them out into the world, one at a time

To bloom and grow like flowers.

I want to tell her, if she must cry,

let tears fall like gentle rain, nurturing

the garden that she’s grown.

Her life is still in full bloom, and

she surrounds herself with beauty.

A gallery of still life, artfully displayed.

Antique treasures are everywhere. Everywhere,

inside and out, flowers bloom, despite the season

a cascade of color to wake to each morning

There are flowers yet to bloom,

There are stanzas yet to write.

Her song is a garden.

Her life is a poem.

©Kathy Moore, 2022


Kathy Moore, BAWP 2002, continues to share her love of literacy as a book club facilitator and family literacy coach throughout the greater Bay Area. She’s the City of San Ramon’s former Poet Laureate and she continues to teach poetry writing workshops. Her poetry chapbook, Avians of Mourning, and her poetry memoir, Alphapoetica: A Poetry Primer for the Everyday Poet, are available in local bookstores and on Amazon. Her middle grade novels, Elinormal and New Girl: The Further Adventures of Elinormal are available wherever books are sold.  Kathy holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from CSUEB, and she continues to promote poetry as a tool of transformation and healing. https://linktr.ee/katemccarrollmoore

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