Photography © Jennifer Matthews


Suddenly, there’s always thunder

in the downpour of dampness
in the dryness of drought
in the drizzle and ice
at dusk and dawn
in early morning light
and in the dark of twilight
at night in time of dreams
like iron horses’ hooves
rampaging on hard ground
in sun and shadow both
that awful pounding sound and
even when it’s not the ears
anticipate, resonate
as if inside the brain’s mental machinery
there is a constant booming, drumming
deadening, decompensating,
and from far overhead the din
of rageful bombs furiously dropping.


Jan Cronos lives in New York City

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.