The twenty-second Moon Prize on this lovely spring full moon goes to Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard's poem "The Music of Our Daily Lives," posted on Writing In A Woman's Voice on April 2, 2018. This poem asks our souls to sing.
THE MUSIC OF OUR DAILY LIVES
by Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard
The leaves on the birch tree
are singing in the wind, a melody
with its own rise and fall of notes,
and in the distance a child's voice at play
reminds us to live in the moment.
There are so many different melodies
in our lives, the lies that are tailored
to divert attention and turn our minds
to smoke, with right and wrong
continually changing their notes,
without any transparency of words
in speeches. There are so many different
melodies in our lives, a mother's reassuring,
voice, the harsh words that wound us,
for we all carry wounds, like the Somali boy
who was threatened with deportation
and trekked for days to Canada, carrying
the voices of his parents who were
slaughtered in Somali, his fatigue making him
collapse on the frozen ground,
until a Canadian border guard lifted him
up in his arms, and assured him that he could stay
-- the music in the cosmos of our hearts,
that uplifts us, and cannot be silenced.
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Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard is the author of 9 poetry books two of which have won awards, as well as a number of non-fiction books on women and human rights, (Revolutionizing Motherhood; the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo) human rights, social justice, illness and grief. She is a former professor of Political Science and Poetry, and currently a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Studies Program Brandeis U.