Silver Waves of Mercury

Japanese garden
palace of Zen
mother of lotus
and blossoming wind;
she passes no judgment
but glides easy like spirit,
over each silken plume.

In this place of solitude
where contemplation is at its best;
answers come inevitably like morning and sun.
I find a seat in the mossy moonlight
where heaven reflects stillness
on soft water pond
and truth exudes with strength redeemed
on silver waves of mercury.


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.