Photography © Jennifer Matthews


In the Green of the Garden

In the green of the garden
white clouds converge above,
while leaves shake their sassafras
as if to catch a dove.
And if water had a language
a tongue we all could speak,
would it be like dew on persimmon trees
and taste like lotus fruit.
Would it sound so unfamiliar,
some unheard radio;
could it bring our minds some fluency
where everything is love.


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.