Photography © Jennifer Matthews


Dingle wilds- 32 Maharees  .  Love
Covid Lockdown

       I stand before you. Awe in your wonder, seven
shades of blue,
       as if eyes of new-born, brilliant, moving with
unclouded light.
         Slivers of aquas turquoise reveals herself in sultry
  moving through you almost like silk drapes peeling
baring skin to sky.
  I wade. Wave, after wave arrive washing me warm, I
surrender, fully
         despite last licks of April’s west-wind swirling into
  chilling arrivals, leaving hound reluctant to relieve
squatting bitch like, doe eyed begging gust -swirls to still
as thoughts of
    marking sandcastles taking them in lopes with lolling
     over run themselves with wags
    glee stretching on lips, matching my own, our meccas
yet write themselves, fall into dreams with moon
Feet sink in sand-cloud rolling under translucent breaks
remembering imprints, giggling toddlers, 1,2,3 becoming
star fish in surf
   curling with sediment moving with memory tides, our
fourth in skies
        gleaming beyond this orbit, the space between us
spans a mere decade
              and five winters call
              yet fill every time butterfly wing skirts with sea
no matter the swell.

Note: Dingle is a small Gaeltacht port town within the county of Kerry Ireland on southwest Dingle Peninsula, where the Irish language thrives fluently. Its known for its rugged beautiful scenery, sandy beaches ,spectacular marine life, costal walk ways, it’s scenic mountainous trails including part of the Kerry Camino and surfing spots. It’s part of the wild Atlantic way. The Maharees is located on the northern side of the peninsula. All my Dingle Wild poems were written during Covid lockdowns and after and are inspired by this beautiful place I call home.

Bealtaine– ( behal tin eh): Irish for Spring and or month of May , marking the beginning of Celtic summer with traditional annual festivities.


Polly Richardson Munnelly has been writing for 8 over years. “Love a bit of Bukowski, wild sea swimming, nature and her whispers and words of the diverse kind. I had the best lockdown eve. Covid brought me the most beautiful gift! I host and run two very different diverse writers group remotely.”

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.