Where the Water Falls – Jessie-Mae Buers

going on a journey and still beating

Thank you Jessie-Mae Buers for her fantastic entry. Jessie-Mae has been ‘inspired by the work of Wendy Cope and Sylvia Plath, as well as work from the Romantic era of poetry.’ She feels that poetry is a ‘coping mechanism when facing troubles that you feel are out of your control.’ We are very appreciative that Jessie-Mae decided to support the project and share ‘where the water falls’ with us.

where the water falls

you can’t bury a heart in thick earth,

expecting a new one to grow

from the ground, like a willow tree

or something that has the power 

that holds the same strength

as the running waters. sooner

a branch breaks, goes off-stream; yonder

towards the oesophagus of the sea

where the organ

deflates, drowns and becomes purple,

swollen, limp, but


going on a journey and still beating —  

and I swear,  

it goes for a walk, must’ve  

summit of choice, the mouth of the roots.

by demand, it can’t go far,

as it reaches

like a biblical story

postures like a crane,

billed with tissue and


Jessie-Mae Buers, Bristol

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