I am water

by Jackie Biggs

When sun is harsh

in afternoon

I kneel

scoop cool water

in cupped palms.


How fresh

and full in throat,

going down.  I pull it in,

feel cleanness, greenness

fill all cells in body.


And lake reaches,

sucks me into itself

folds my heart in its currents,

where somehow I breathe,

move freely, and wonder


Where I come from,

            where I will go.


Swim wild

allow lake to swallow me

into its peace.

Tiny fish flicker silver

around naked flesh.

Water murmurs secret stories,

makes music flow over body

and into me.


My beginning and ending,

place of depart and return,

to and fro

lapping the shore

sipping me

wanting me more.


            Where I come from,

            where I will go.

Cantre’r Gwaelod

by Jacie Biggs

(The lost land of Wales, in Cardigan Bay)

Down along the deep causeways ancient voices still call

over sunken villages, and bells toll from castle towers

above drowned ramparts and over-run dykes,

all swept away in a tide-swipe.

In the cool dark at the bottom of the bay

all I hear is whalesong calling over miles,

punctuated with dolphin clicks of greeting,

as a bottle-nose nudges gently from the side.

In the kind of sunlight you can only know here,

a reflection refraction shafts through fathoms

to tumblestones of seabed, where anemones linger.

Here is stillness in swamped cottage gardens


where pink corallina now bends its fronds,

golden brown tendrils of carragheen float,

furbellow fingers reach out to stroke

my drifting body.  And bells toll the unseen hour  …

Jackie Biggs’s second poetry collection, Breakfast in Bed, was published in Autumn 2019 by Indigo Dreams Publishing.  Her first, The Spaces in Between was published in 2015.  She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She received a special mention in the 2020 Welsh International Poetry Competition, was Highly Commended in the same competition in 2019 and in the R S Thomas Festival Competition 2019. She is a member of the Rockhoppers – Coast to Coast Poets performance group. Some of her poetry appears on her blog:  http://jackie-news.blogspot.co.uk Twitter: @JackieNews