Philippa Lane

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

Blue - Poem by Philippa Lane

Blue floats and hovers
it never comes to rest
its scent is distant bonfires
its touch moth-breath

Blue is man-child
with spiritual eyes
a stranger in a room
who isn't one
soft down on upper lip
felt without touch

it is dreaming at night
of what is not and cannot be
it is gauze-vision

it is a shaky signature
on a typewritten page
seen through mist

Blue is pain that is borne alone

it is quena music
bone-notes quavering over absent flesh
in death worship

yawns are for want of blue
and partially for having it

Blue is pigeons
and siamese cats
and snow shadows
it is for ever

it is ten billion spindles
weaving blue fabric endlessly

it is the certain

(Senneville, Québec)

Comments about Blue by Philippa Lane

  • (1/19/2015 10:10:00 AM)

    Good write, well put together (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (1/19/2015 7:17:00 AM)

    nice poem - the Blue the azure - it is the certain uncertainty lovely thanks (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (1/19/2015 5:30:00 AM)

    nice poem...I like the way it starts...Blue floats and hovers/it never comes to rest (meaning blue of sky and ocean, which is constantly moving and never at rest) ... (Report) Reply

  • (1/19/2015 3:59:00 AM)

    Better than either of the two classic poems selected for this day. KAPOW! (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (1/19/2015 4:33:00 PM)

    Amen, Brother!

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (1/19/2015 2:52:00 AM)

    Exceptional metaphoric play throughout, young lady, indeed a well crafted and polished composition... ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (1/19/2015 4:34:00 PM)

    Amen, Brother!

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (1/19/2015 2:51:00 AM)

    Exceptional metaphoric play throughout, young lady, indeed a well crafted and polished composition... ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (1/19/2015 4:35:00 PM)

    Amen, Brother!

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (1/19/2015 2:50:00 AM)

    Exceptional metaphoric play throughout, young lady, indeed a well crafted and polished composition... ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (1/19/2015 4:36:00 PM)

    Amen, Brother!

  • Dawn Fuzan (5/13/2014 6:43:00 PM)

    Philippa Amazing poetic style here, well done (Report) Reply

  • Drew Engman (3/21/2014 9:13:00 PM)

    I love the feeling and sense/sensory impression this poem gives me of vision, or daytime certainties, fading into a dreamlike shadowy lack of clear sight about what our less than 20/20 night vision obscures, yet also opens up for us to our other sensory ways of taking in and thinking about impressions we tend to see more clearly without broad daylight, in transition as the night arrives. That was my first feeling, (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (1/19/2014 7:15:00 PM)

    Vivid great imagery and smooth flow, words and lines portray a wonderful poetic portrait. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (1/19/2014 6:30:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem. So creative and imaginative. (Report) Reply

  • (1/19/2014 1:39:00 PM)

    I love it! ! ! rhythmic, creative, and beautiful writing! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Emily Oldham (10/19/2008 10:48:00 AM)

    this poem is beautiful... your idea of blue is just perfect... keep writing, thanks

    *** words will change the world ***
    (Report) Reply

  • (10/18/2008 10:41:00 PM)

    Your bluescape is both eloquent and profound. Exceptional write.

    Wam regards,

    (Report) Reply

  • (7/1/2006 8:55:00 AM)

    Dear Philippa,
    I feel this is a fine poem. It's strongly evocative, it doesn't lecture to the reader, rather gives the reader direct perceptions and associations. My intellect doesn't 'grasp' all of the images (I love the 'pigeons...' section, that I DO grasp clearly) , but I feel there's real intelligence and language that's quite wonderful.
    (Report) Reply

  • (6/4/2006 12:29:00 PM)

    How you have captured a color so grand! The imagery was that of high grander.

    Patricia Gale
    (Report) Reply

  • (4/24/2006 1:56:00 PM)

    This is absolutely enchanting, Blue is my favorite color so I couldn't resist.
    Lovely write

    (Report) Reply

  • (2/26/2006 8:02:00 PM)

    Phillipa-I'm afraid to read any more of your work. You have nailed Blue. Phillip (Report) Reply

  • (3/30/2005 10:03:00 AM)

    Philippa, this is lovely and very clever. I would like to try and write a poem like this as an excersise. It would be interesting, don't you think to see what someone else associates with the colour. Thankyou for sharing this.

    Your friend
    (Report) Reply

Read all 19 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: snow, music, child, pain, alone, death, night, cat, children, dream

Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 18, 2004

Poem Edited: Friday, January 6, 2012

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
[Report Error]