Today we publish "The Years," another work by Marguerite Guzman Bouvard, a resident scholar in the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.

Bouvard is the author of more than a dozen books in the fields of politics, psychology, women’s studies and poetry, including "The Path Through Grief: A Compassionate Guide" and "Revolutionizing Motherhood: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo." She was previously a professor of political science and creative writing at Regis College. Her memoir, "Healing: Rebuilding a Life with Chronic Illness," will be published in June 2007 by University Press of New England.

The Years

You walk with one foot in winter’s black ice, the other

in a burgeoning meadow. Can joy

and sadness co-exist? You’ve traveled

through years; the precincts of rebellion,

despair and fulfillment but you can still be moved

by a few violets shyly spreading

their colors, a caterpillar turning the earth.

Age has honed you down

to opposite poles: the narrowing

of your perimeters and the mysterious cosmos

of the heart. Soon your voice will be

only a dim echo. But the world will go on

with its noise. Chieftains will try

to herd us in small spaces, new voices

stake out their refusal, and passion

flare in quiet alleys. There will always be

unexpected moments of astonishment.

– Marguerite Guzman Bouvard

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