Matthew in Yarmouth NS (Don’t Miss This)


Lakelawn B&B Yarmouth NS


Matthew tells me on the phone only

one room’s left in his B&B motel It’s both, he explains.

I ask if he’d describe the room because I like

his unfamiliar accent want the chance to listen more.

Of course he says telling me about number 17.

When we check into 17 he tells us

he’s from the old city of Jerusalem Jewish mother

Arab father they met through their grandfathers who were friends.

He studied in  Catholic school Western Wall one side of the schoolyard

moved to Cairo for his father’s work then Singapore, San Francisco.

Why do people want small identities he asks. Now his parents live at

Lakeside B&B. We’re happy he says.

Sometimes we forget how large life can be.


Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. I always grow larger reading your poetry Esther. So often I meet someone and think, Esther would write an amazing poem about this person. I would not see the possible poetry in the people always around me if it were not for you. Thank you a thousand times.

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