Phil Perkins Photography

Category: Poetry & Writing

  • Poem for a Friend

    Poem for a Friend

    This poem was written as a birthday gift for my dearest friend, Carla Milho, a beautiful lady and talented writer hailing from Lisbon, Portugal. Please visit her web site to wish her a Happy Birthday on this special day – thanks very much!

    Frost the cake and add a candle to the dish
    It’s time to make a wish
    Another year is here

    Sing the song we know with joy and warm delight
    We celebrate tonight
    Toasting you with good cheer

    47!!!

    Happy Birthday, Carla
    Let the good times flow
    Fun and friends who love you, don’t you know

    Happiness, forever
    When you share a smile
    Days ahead grow brighter, all the while

    © 2023 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)
    by Van Morrison (1972)
    • see lyrics here


  • Poem for a Friend

    Poem for a Friend

    This haiku was inspired by a lovely woman and good friend, Annabel. She’s a professional dancer & choreographer, and also a gifted poetess. I encourage guests to visit her web site to enjoy her creative writings – thanks very much!

    She dances on clouds
    Melting snow from mountain peaks
    Cascading beauty

    ☀️

    © 2023 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Poem for a Friend

    Poem for a Friend

    This poem was written for Annabel, a very talented and beautiful poetess residing in California. An exquisite dancer and friend whose smile melts my heart, she’s also a source of inspiration. Please visit her site to enjoy her creative writings – thank you!

    Drifting by night, into a dream
    I saw her standing there –
    Beside the sea
    Under a moon
    Gold stardust in her hair

    Hers are the words I long to hear
    In rapture of the heart
    Each welcoming
    Our warm embrace
    Forming a work of art

    The day did dawn, as I arose
    Reflecting on her spell
    Deep down inside
    I wish for her
    – the lovely Annabel

    © 2023 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Sweet Thing, by Van Morrison (1969) – see lyrics here.


  • Full Book Cover Reveal

    The Editor of the soon to be released Hidden in Childhood: A Poetry AnthologyGabriela Marie Milton – of which a poem of mine has been included, today provided a full book cover reveal, as well as the book preface.

    With the works of over 150 poets, the book is scheduled to be published soon – by Literary Revelations Publishing House – and features an estimated 280 poems. I’ll keep you informed as further information becomes available…

    Thanks for stopping by!


  • Poem

    Poem

    The other day, I had a recollection…

    Many, many moons ago, I was playing poker after hours with friends at an Irish pub in Royal Oak, Michigan. That night, luck was on my side and I happened to win the first four games. So, to their dismay, I said farewell and skated – up $80.

    Last evening, I watched Maverick (Mel Gibson, Jodi Foster, James Garner)…

    This morning, I wrote this short poem…

    We bet by chance
    On calling cards
    One night, at a bar, long ago

    She played her hand
    – a suited flush
    All hearts, for a Queen, kneading dough

    © 2023 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Lonesome Loser, by Little River Band (1979) – see lyrics here.


  • Poem

    Poem

    It’s time to turn the page
    On 2022
    Embrace new challenges
    And strive to see them through

    © 2023 Phil Perkins

    • Happy New Year •


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    The Best Is Yet to Come, by Grover Washington, Jr. (1982) – feat. Patti LaBelle.


  • Into the Light

    Trapped behind the collapsed entrance of a cave and without food, my limited rations of water were bone dry after 25 days. I was starving and stranded in the middle of nowhere, where calls for help were both futile, and strained my painfully parched vocal cords. I’d lost weight and prayed it was enough, that I might now fit between the thin sliver of rocks defining my captivity and illuminating my escape. It was now or never, and there was only one way out – into the light.

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


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    Song for the Day

    The Caves of Altamira, by Steely Dan (1976) – see lyrics here.


  • Poem in Response: Part II

    Poem in Response: Part II

    After writing my recent Poem in Response, inspired by reading “The Dance“, a wonderful poem penned by the beautiful Floridian poetess, Holly Hunter, I wrote this follow-up poem…

    Sharing the stars
    Embracing time
    Awake until twilight

    Two hearts in tow
    Drawn by the moon
    Through waves of love, delight

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTOT CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Morning Dance, by Spyro Gyra (1979)


  • Water Watches Winter

    Water Watches Winter

    Poetry for Kids (channeling my inner Dr. Suess) 🤪

    The seasonal cold has halted play, and most of the water has gone away. Frozen ’til another day…perhaps, until the month of May. All of the water, that is to say, except a sphere of water so pure, which Old Man Winter failed to sway. So, it remains today, having its way and planning to stay – just one droplet, but that’s okay.

    © 2022 Phil Perkins

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    Ol’ Man River, by Jim Croce (1972) – see lyrics here.


  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    Having read “The Dance“, written by the talented and lovely Floridian poetess, Holly Hunter – in which a beautiful redhead at the Sad Café holds the light of her heart in her hand – I was inspired to write this poem…

    Rhythm in waves
    They found the beach
    To make the moon their own

    Two hearts as one
    One dance in sync
    In love, never alone

    © 2022 Phil Perkins

    Update: I’ve added a second writing, Poem in Response: Part II.


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Flor d’Luna (Moonflower), by Santana (1977)


  • Poem Accepted

    Poem Accepted

    Following a call for submissions for poems to be considered by Literary Revelations Publishing House for inclusion within an upcoming publication – Hidden in Childhood: A Poetry Anthology – I was very happy this weekend to receive a Letter of Acceptance from best selling author, poet & editor, Gabriela Marie Milton, regarding my poem entitled “Tree Fort“.

    Thanks very much, Gabriela!!!


  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    After reading “Golden Pink Gone“, written by the talented and lovely Arizonian poetess, Michele Lee Sefton – wherein her happiness stems from an admiration of beauty and peacefulness (rather than the frivolous), sharing photographs of local sights – I was inspired to write this poem…

    The time you take to share
    With steady gait, to reminisce
    A beauty that’s alive
    Your town, in hues of golden bliss

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Transcendance by Santana (1977) – see lyrics here.


  • Poem for a Friend

    Poem for a Friend

    This poem was written for a very talented and lovely poetess hailing from Florida, Holly Hunter. She’s a friend who often brings a smile to my face, and a source of inspiration. I encourage you to visit her web site, House of Heart, to enjoy her creative writings – thank you!

    Her smile across the stars
    Shines light to warm my heart
    So heavenly the glow
    Holly – a work of art

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Gems of Nature

    Gems of Nature

    Shallow water laps up onto shore, then recedes back into the lake. Eventually, small common stones become smooth. Seen here in a few inches of water along the coast of Lake Superior, this photograph might be the perfect accent piece you’ve been looking for. To see prints and other items available featuring my photography, you can visit these shops…

    Haiku

    Water with wrinkles
    Natural beauty reflects
    Gems tumbled in time

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    And It Stoned Me, by Van Morrison (1970) – see lyrics here.


  • Haiku

    Haiku

    Today is the day
    Put your plans into action
    Time waits for no one

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Music and Design

    Songs that I’m listening to this morning while working with photography and/or creating designs…