arrived here on a river
of thorns, harsh mother
who taught me
how to invent mornings, how to
clear paths in the thickets
of my head.
threaded my way among
travelers pulling their carry-ons
and speaking on cell phones, their faces
shuttered, their steps erased
by the crush of other steps.
I skirted a woman struggling
with her cane. Mine
in this green kingdom
I listen to the grass telling
its stories to the rain as if it too
had just arrived and was busy
unrolling its parchment
of roots and wings.
Guzman Bouvard is the author of 4 books and 2 chapbooks of poetry,
including the prize winning Journeys Over Water." She has also
written several non-fiction books in the field of human rights,
grieving, and politics. She's a resident scholar with the Women
Studies Research Center at Brandeis.