Lyrical Somerville – February 14

On February 14, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Jennifer Matthews’s 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 Press poetry books, Oddball Magazine and has been exhibited at The Middle East Restaurant, 1369 Coffee House, Sound Bites Restaurant in Somerville and McLean Hospital. She works as a pro voice and guitar teacher. Go to


Butterflies and Breathing


Jennifer Matthews

On a cold January night,

with snow touching our tongues of pink and moon,

I reach out my heart and take hold of you.

With your showering gaze of adoring hemlock,

you asked me to come toward you…

like pretty keys turning latches long untouched, how could I not.

Your faithful horse, at your side, almost an extension of your arm.

You, an exotic desert strand, a breed of man like crystal sand –

I find my lips pressed against yours…

it felt as if two pearls were meeting on a rising silver queen.

You told me butterflies and breathing.


— Jennifer Matthews



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