Category: Poetry & Writing

  • Poem: Her Lovely Smile

    Poem: Her Lovely Smile

    Her lovely smile has the power to compel poetry. At an age 17 years younger, she’s Mukti Masih – a published poetess, author and successful content writer from India. After a recent exchange, I wrote this poem as I drifted into a daydream

    Every time I see her smile
    Heaven shines a light on me
    Happy heart in sweet delight
    Chasing dreams of what could be
    
       On the rhythm of waves
       Rang a sound from her heart
       Where the waters of love
       Know no end, only start
    
       On a ship under sail
       Without map, simply stars
       And a warm summer breeze
       With acoustic guitars
    
       On a course to the east
       Currents carry and flow
       Is this only a dream?
       Perhaps, yes, I think so
    
    Were it not for many miles
    And the years, so far apart
    Both day and night - time to share
    Grand adventures of the heart

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    NOTE: this poem uses the Preformatted Block, which allows for indentation of text exactly as pasted. However, in so doing, a monospace font is used.


  • Poem

    Poem

    Time is Precious

    Time is precious
    It’s of the essence
    It’s here, then gone
    From adolescence

    The time you have
    And the time you take
    The things you’ve done
    And the plans you make
    The sights you’ve seen
    Now a memory
    And what’s to come
    Yet a fantasy

    Time marches on
    Though nary a sound
    Hands on the wall
    Each day spin around

    Time is fleeting
    Take note and behold
    Lessons in life
    With age, growing old

    Make your time count
    To be a good friend
    Share happiness
    And love to the end

    © 2022 Phil Perkins

    You might also enjoy reading another poem I wrote about time, entitled “A Distant Time“. It was published on July 12, 2021.


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    Having read “Muted Castle“, by talented poetess, dancer and dear friend Annabel – wherein she speaks to personal experiences of relocation, love and memories of her homeland – I was inspired to write this poem in response…

    Through wind and rain
    Your words retain
    A soothing sound of love

    Despite hardship
    This distant trip
    A godsend from above

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    After seeing Draadklossen (Dutch language, meaning Bobbins), a creative composition by my dear friend, Inge David – she’s a wonderful photographer from Belgium who specializes in black and white, especially interesting automotive and macro captures – I was inspired to write this poem…

    Haiku

    Threading clear insight
    Through her photographic eye
    Stitching life in stills

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com


  • A Stitch of Comedy

    A Stitch of Comedy

    It was a comfortable three weeks beyond my annual ironing day when I discovered that one of my five shirts was missing a button. Steamed, I grudgingly set about to undertake the dreaded process of repair – finding time and a spare button, scissors, needle and thread.

    After what seemed like an eternity, I secured a new button snugly into place and donned my shirt. Despite efforts to closely follow directions, it quickly became apparent that things had gotten all fouled up…

    How could I have sewn the button on the left side of my shirt?!

    Rather than start over, undoing everything I’d already accomplished, I chose instead to simply cut another buttonhole into the other side of my shirt – after all (I thought), once it’s buttoned, who’ll know the difference?

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • A Sip of Comedy

    A Sip of Comedy

    Today, under the burden of inflation, everyone is trying to save money. In fact, I’ve gone as far as to stop washing my coffee cup! As a result, it’s become very stained. Yet, looking at the bright side of things, I’m now only making coffee half as often – every other day, I simply fill my cup with hot water to bring out the flavor…

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    After reading “Just Simple Pleasures for Today“, written by a dear friend & southern poetess, Kym Gordon Moore – wherein she shares her positivity with a morning cup of gratitude – I was inspired to write this short poem in response…

    From a fountain that flows
    Streaming words which are wise
    Her heartfelt reflections
    Penned with love, no surprise

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • We Are Not Alone

    We Are Not Alone

    In a remote field at night, the silhouette of trees from a mysterious glow signaled the presence of visitors from another dimension…or so it seemed. Watching intensely from a safe distance, the light began to move slowly in my direction, shadows widening with each passing moment.

    Then, it dawned on me – why would I be outside in a field at this late hour? In searching for an answer, I happened to spot movement in my peripheral field and quickly shifted toward a faintly illuminated object. In disbelief, suspended in midair before me, I observed a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie! Eyes wide open, I hopped out of bed and went to the kitchen for a late night snack.

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  • Poem of Winter

    Poem of Winter

    Rolling hills of winter snow
    With a forest donned in white
    Memories in monotone
    Layered landscapes of delight

    © 2022 Phil Perkins

    This vintage photograph was taken at Nichols Arboretum, in the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan. You can visit my galleries to discover many fine prints and other items, as well: Pixels, ArtPal, Society 6 and Redbubble. Thank you!


  • Poem for a Friend

    Poem for a Friend

    A lovely poetess and friend hailing from the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, Michele Lee Sefton has worked diligently over the past nineteen months authoring her first book – presently, being edited. I wrote this short poem in honor of her hard work, and I encourage you to visit her site to learn more!

    Waves riding the wind
    Wash her hair in the sun
    Words written with ink
    Drying now, almost done

    She’s a southwestern rock star
    A flowering desert rose
    With a tumbleweed spirit
    And a story line that flows

    So, purchase her book
    Coming soon, out for sale
    Sit back and enjoy
    Michele’s creative tale

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Poem: Wishing on a Star

    Poem: Wishing on a Star

    I originally wrote this poem on December 22, 2020, in response to reading “Make a Wish to a Star and It Will Come True“, by Carla Milho, a very lovely lady and talented writer from Lisbon, Portugal. I then posted it on my site a few days later, as part of a compilation. And, now…freestanding.

    ⭐ 	A light to the east,
    	After dark
    	In the sky.
    
    🕊 	A dove is released,
    	And my wish
    	Came to fly.
    
    🙏 	Bound for the heavens,
    	With trust
    	In a prayer.
    
    ❤️ 	The woman I love,
    	With hope
    	We will share.

    © 2020 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: this is a modified photo from unsplash.com.

    NOTE: this poem uses the Preformatted Block, which allows for indentation of text exactly as pasted. However, in so doing, a monospace font is used.


  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    Having read “How a workation from Shillong looked like” by Mukti Masih, a very beautiful poetess, Christian, chai-totaler and successful Content Writer from Indore, India – wherein she recounts a visit to one of her favorite cities while working to complete a second book – I was inspired to write this short poem in response…

    By wi-fi she works
    From the mountains of Shillong
    In the markets and parks, then back home

    Unlocking her words
    That her heart may sing on key
    Through prayer, by her love, in a poem

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Poem for Peace

    Poem for Peace

    Having read a wonderful poetic tribute of Ukrainian courage and leadership – “Hats Off to President Zelenskyy“, written by my friend Cindy Georgakas – which also rightfully condemns Russian President Putin as a war criminal, I thought that I’d share this short poem which I wrote recently…

    A sunflower for sharing
    Our hearts through words and caring
    To speak aloud
    Above the crowd
    With peace to guide our bearing

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Poem: Sands of Michigan

    Poem: Sands of Michigan

    Growing up along the shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in the city of Marquette, I have many fond recollections of summers at the beach, swimming in the water and exploring small islands…

    Jumping over dunes
    On the hot sand under sun
    Cool, deep blue waters
    Beckoning young summer fun

    Life in Michigan
    With the sound of surf nearby
    Castles built of sand
    Growing taller, toward the sky

    Yet, time drifts on
    In tidal flow
    Shifting sand from yesteryear

    Still, looking back
    A golden age
    Sunny mornings on the pier

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    Music: Michigan Man – by Mike Ridley (1996)

    This music is from a friend I met long afterwards, who performed at Four Green Fields Irish Pub, in Royal Oak, Michigan. As I later learned, Mike Ridley attended N.M.U. in Marquette – during the same time I lived there as a kid…small world!


  • Haiku

    Haiku

    I think I've got something!
       What is it?
    
    A haiku.
       God bless you!
    
    No, it's a poem.
       Have you had it long...is it contagious?

    Like the common cold
    It is nothing to sneeze at
    – words may serve to heal

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    See lyrics here → On the Road to Find Out, by Cat Stevens (1970)