Droplets by Sue Spiers




Sue Spiers is British Mensa’s SIG Sec for Poetry and her first collection is called Jiggle Sac. Her poems have appeared in Acumen, Dream Catcher, South Bank Poetry, among others, and online at inksweatandtears.co.uk and thelakepoetry.co.uk. Her work has been included in the Bloodaxe anthology Hallelujah for 50ft Women and in the Paper Swans Press anthology Best of British.





























What is the language of water

with no mouth, no larynx, no tongue?

Does water speak?


Does a stream sing?

Each note struck on rocks,

like a xylophone of stones.


Does a waterfall guffaw?

Transmitting the joke down,

fall about, laugh like a drain.


Does rain gossip?

Spread its tittle-tattle, spit spittle

at breeze’s rumour through corn.


Does the sea show anger?

Thumping waves, crashing breakers,

churning undercurrent?


Does a lake convey stoicism?

Silent shifts of depth,

reply, ‘nothing’s wrong,’

when you know it is.



Sue Spiers


First published in Obsessed With Pipework #82


November 1987 by Sue Spiers