Photography © Jennifer Matthews




Everyone has 24 hours
Miracles are obtainable and they’re ours
To change your life, you have the power
Time is an interesting concept
Even though life is a marathon, it shouldn’t be treated as a contest
Life… is a process
No one is a finished product, we’re all a work in progress
We’re books…with chapters… that are filled with compelling content
Time isn’t promised
It should be spent paying homage to those who demolished barriers
To be honest
Your calling is an investment, spend time and profit
Strike while the iron is hottest like the weather in August
The hours in the day might be long but life is short
Much like a vacation, your suffering is something to unpack but hostility
isn’t something to resort
Even if there’s 5 seconds on the clock, dribble the ball down the court
Life is like an alarm clock
When you don’t wake up its alarming
Find your niche and start carving
Like the Bible, even if something is tempting, banish all serpents from your
Don’t buy into their jargon regarding your calling
Your mind is a pencil that needs to be sharpened
Erase your enemies markings
Time flashes in an instant
Our mission is to listen to those who are brilliant and apply the knowledge
that is given
But your enemy is resistance
For instance

Your enemies have a commitment to create a distance between you and
your mission
But in the midst of their infliction
God is proficient
Do not repay evil with evil
For in the bible, it is written
But whether or not you’re a Christian
You’re driven and there’s power in your existence

Time shouldn’t be taken for granted
The waves of life can cause us to feel frantic
But don’t panic
The island of despair can cause us to feel stranded
If the waves are too high to manage
God will hand you the life jacket of hope
But it’s up to you to take advantage
Much like a horse,
Gallop with power… so that those in your barn are stable
Your problems might multiply… but stick to your timetable
A confrontation should be handled with a conference a conversation
Hatred hurts the hater more than the hated
It’s ironic how negativity is sickening but positivity is contagious
No matter what cards your dealt, dealing with rage is a gamble like Vegas
Obstacles will come your way but keep moving like the hands on a clock

While planning your shots
Keep moving up the ladder and advancing your spot
Be the ball player on the court that’s demanding the rock
If your peers don’t support you, feel free to abandon the flock
Even if they’re your companion or not
Your mental health is wealth, make sure that you manage your thoughts

Value every second, hour and minute
We might wanna rush while the clock is ticking
It’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish
Do your best with the time that is given
Don’t defeat yourself before you’re in a winning position
We can do all things through Christ, remove all limits
Your gifted like Christmas
Whether or not you’re in a court room
Don’t judge someone who’s going through a trial, just witness
Their testimony and either offer to help…
or hope that everything works out like fitness
Now is the time to escape from your place of comfort
Now is the time to heal in areas in which you suffer
Now is the time to build with the words that you utter
Now is the time to feed your soul and put an end to your hunger


Marcus Pierre: “I’m a spoken word artist/poet. I love poetry for several reasons. I love how compelling and relatable it is. I also love how freeing it is and I love how the art form brings strangers together for a peaceful experience. It’s always a privilege to share my writing.”

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.