Lane Farmer Schroeder has 200 year-old roots among poets. Her great-great grandfather, Fredrick Philips, wrote a poem on June 2, 1811 lamenting the death of George Washington and the country’s loss. His poem and poems by his son, Dr. James Jones Philips, his grandson Dr. J.B. Philips, and two of Lane’s uncles are cherished residents in her files. Poetry is natural for Lane.
Born and raised in the small town of Bailey, N.C., just east of Raleigh, Lane wrote her first poetry when she was co-editor of her school newspaper, “The Bailey Bugle.” She and N. Y. born husband Fred earned degrees from Duke University and were married a year later after Lane taught first grade and Fred finished his training for a career in the steel industry. His work required living in eight states where Lane dabbled in part-time jobs, a short stint in real estate, and volunteering for worthy causes. Her real love is homemaking and she purrs, “We have two daughters, five grandchildren, and two sons-in-law– all wonderful!”
In the year 2000, Lane and Fred retired to the area. Lane adds, “We feel like we hit the jackpot in choosing Cypress Landing for our retirement home. Wanting a place where we could enjoy boating and still be a reasonable distance from Duke basketball games made Cypress Landing an easy choice. We enjoy the friendliness of the community, our membership in Trinity Episcopal Church, and plenty of social and athletic activity.”
Lane joined The Pamlico Writers Group in 2002 and credits regular attendance and the help of follow writers as motivation to keep writing. She has twice read pre-publication manuscripts for PWG authors and enjoys reading their finished published work.
Lane can be seen utilizing her Nordic walking sticks when she’s out with a friend on her morning treks. Playing an occasional tennis game and making meals on wheels deliveries in Washington occupies other time.
From her screened porch overlooking Silas Creek as it empties into Chocowinity Bay, Lane writes much of her poetry in the presence of wildlife and natural beauty. “How could you not be a poet with all of this?” she confesses. Her poems appear monthly in her church newsletter and her poem “Our Pamlico River” has been displayed at the N.C. Estuarium. It was also featured in the CL newsletter “The Landing” and was read at a Blessing of the Fleet for the Cypress Landing Yacht Club. Another poem, “Triumphant Requiem,” was featured at a CL Women’s Club event and The Pamlico Sail and Power Squadron adopted her poem about the history of its squadron. One of her poems is included in the CL Women’s Club cookbook.
Lane has not published her poetry and explains, “I haven’t submitted any of my work to publishers because I am continuing to find ways to make changes for the better in my writing.”
When I read Lane’s poems, I find them quite mature. You may judge for yourself by visiting Lane’s Author Page on the PWG website.
Lane’s Featured Poems
“GIFTS FROM A MUSE (CALLIOPE)”
A praying muse awaits our time
To sense out thoughts and help them rhyme.
The silence that we think the norm
Is filled with verse she longs to form.
If hearts were pure and minds were clear,
We could pluck them from her ethereal sphere.
But always we can hope to glean
Her whispered cadence in a dream.
Anticipation’s fun to have
when something good’s ahead.
But can become a headache
when it’s something that we dread.
To live within the moment
is perhaps the smartest way;
Embracing every moment
could perfect our every day.