Philippa Lane

Rookie (March 7th,1941 / Chichester, West Sussex, England)

Philippa Lane Poems

41. Drunk On A Train 11/18/2004
42. Breakfast On A Psychiatric Ward 2/27/2005
43. Autumn Leaves 2/26/2005
44. Yellow 11/18/2004
45. Blue 11/18/2004
46. Purple 11/18/2004

Comments about Philippa Lane

  • Willa T Olivier (4/1/2005 6:12:00 PM)

    Philippa: About your poem 'Disappointment' - You are very skilled at expressing in
    words actual emotional experiences. Your poem evoked a hazy echo in my spirit of that dull thud. Bravo. Willa

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  • Peter A. Crowther (2/27/2005 12:48:00 AM)

    I have greatly enjoyed all of your poems. Lovely imagery.

Best Poem of Philippa Lane


Purple is afraid
it scuttles into corners
on all fours
it reeks
it shrieks
and smells of old unopened rooms

it is the flickering eyelid
of an aging actress
and the veins
mapped on leaves
of frail plants
in nursing homes who suck thin air

Purple is chiffon dusk
compline and pale prayers

it is reading aloud
the twenty-third psalm
the noise of ragged breaths
clawing the air
a scratching away of calm

Purple is the gas
that killed Plath
and the depth
of her despair

it is the click of the valves
that stuck ...

Read the full of Purple


I was dead wood in a forest
flowing with sap

I am living in a fantasy
where the bud unfolds


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