Lyrical Somerville – April 12

On April 12, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Poet Barbara Matteau writes: “I lead a pretty hectic life with 2 teenagers and a full time job at UMass Boston, but each year, during the month of April, I dedicate myself to writing a poem a day since it’s Poetry Month. I’ve had some poems published in The Dudley Review, The Maryland Review, The Antigonish Review, Fulcrum, among other periodicals.”


Barbara Matteau

The beached humpback whale

Lay gasping; the rescuers couldn’t


Rescue her.  She had been dying

Long before they arrived.


The hard-packed sand

The last berth for this great


Creature who somehow

Inserted herself, her spirit,

Dreams, into our




And we couldn’t let go.


— Barbara Matteau



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