Photography © Jennifer Matthews



I saw a murder of eight mothers
Standing in a socially distant circle
In the school yard today.
Black puffer coats adorning every one.
All eight.
Holding high court.
Squawking about PTA business, I’m sure.
What trivialities, or less likely
Actual monumental crises
I’ll never know.
Twelve years and counting
Of avoiding the PTA.
I deserve a medal.
A clean record.
Wings unclipped.
I’m drawn to much shinier things.
“You won’t trap me, PTA Moms,”
I say to my rearview mirror.
If not for the ever-vigilant crossing guard
My tires would have squealed
As I fled the scene.
Free to fly in another direction.


Becky A. Benson lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest of Washington State. She holds a degree in psychology and works for the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association as the organization’s Conference and Family Services Coordinator. Her work has appeared on Modern Loss, Modern Mom, Brain,Child, Salon, The Manifest Station, Scary Mommy, Grief Narratives, and in the pages of Taylored Living Magazine. She has both written and spoken for Soulumination and The Center for Jewish Genetics.

Poet/Photographer Jennifer Matthews’ poetry has been published in Nepal by Pen Himalaya and locally by the Wilderness Retreat Writers Organization, Midway Journal, The Somerville Times, Ibbetson Street Press and Boston Girl Guide. Jennifer was nominated for a poetry award by the Cambridge Arts Council for her book of Poetry Fairy Tales and Misdemeanors. Her songs have been released nationally and internationally and her photography has been used as covers for a number of Ibbetson Street Press poetry books and has been exhibited at The Middle East Restaurant, 1369 Coffeehouses, Sound Bites Restaurant in Somerville and McLean Hospital.