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Poem in Response

After reading “Forte é…” (Portuguese, meaning “Strong is…”), written by a talented writer, lovely lady and good friend from Lisbon, Carla Milho – wherein she speaks to courage and the importance of perseverance over negative influences – I was inspired to write this poem…

Writing of challenges
Encountered everyday
It’s one win at a time
Each victory, her way

Her strength through courage shines
In wielding sword and shield
To keep bad folks at bay
Whereby their fates are sealed

With black leather jacket
Wrapped in faded blue jean
Humble in her beauty
She’s a warrior and queen

She is also the star whose light illuminates the landscape of my dreams.

© 2022 Phil Perkins

PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from


12 responses to “Poem in Response”

  1. Diana Lobos Avatar

    Beautiful poem, beautiful song of Cat Stevens,
    Grateful ✨

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks very much, dear Diana ~ have a great new week ahead 🤗🌹

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, dear Inge! 🤗🌹

  2. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    That’s so beautiful Phil. Carla is a dear heart! 🥰❤️

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks so much, dear Cindy. Yes, I think so. Have a great week my friend 💖

      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        She is alright! You do the same❤️

        1. Phil Avatar

          Right on ❤️ TY

  3. Dawn Pisturino Avatar

    This is such a beautiful poem, Phil! Your love shines through!

    1. Phil Avatar

      I appreciate your kind words, dear Dawn ~ thank you very much 🙏🏻😊

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