From the/a Field

What would it mean to live in a city whose people were changing each others despair into hope?– You yourself must change it. What would it feel like to know your country was changing? – You yourself must change it.

Though your life felt arduous new and unmapped what would it mean to stand on the first page of the end of despair?

From “Dreams Before Walking,” by Adrienne Rich, 1983. (Found by Robin Mooty; sent from Alabama via post).