Poppies is a short collection of poems by Elaine Connell, which may be obtained from Pennine Pens as an E-BOOK for 2.50 or $5.

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Listen to a realaudio clip of Elaine Connell reading one of the poems from Poppies.

This collection also includes the poem below: A Chimera for Sylvia

A Chimera For Sylvia

A rare, random descent
Stopped dead by a delivery of tulips,
As you plunged suicidal into
That red eye, the cauldron of morning.

Where the body hurt you as
The world hurts God and
The pill you took to kill the thin papery feeling,
Worked too well and swabbed you clear
Of your loving associations.

Lying on the frigid, flat floor
Terrified by a dark thing that slept in you,
Overwhelmed by the incalculable malice of the everyday,
Inhabited by a cry, "I'M THROUGH!" you spat.
Annihilated the decade, dissolved your old self,
Unloosed your griefs, fell a


Came Back? Perfected?