Category: Poetry & Writing

  • Haiku: Cascading Words

    Haiku: Cascading Words

    The following haiku was inspired by a friend, poetess and author Michele Lee Sefton, relating to her writers retreat in the Cascades…

    A pen in the pines
    Poetic vision sublime
    Heartstrings into lines

    © 2021 Phil Perkins


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  • Poem

    Poem

    A Distant Time

    Before I go
    I’ll skip a stone
    Rings counted in the wake

    Look back and smile
    Before I go
    Reflections on the lake

    The time has come
    Beyond the fields
    My journey starts today

    No wish to wait
    The time has come
    Forthwith and underway…

    A house of clouds
    Above the hill
    Its door propped open wide

    I say my prayers
    Then cross my heart
    Up stairs, to step inside

    © 2021 Phil Perkins


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  • Haiku: Moonlight

    Haiku: Moonlight

    Illumination
    Moonlight stirs natures spirit
    In waves on the sand

    © 2021 Phil Perkins


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  • Short Poem

    Short Poem

    Whispers with a welcomed tone
    She pressed her heart to my ear
    Speaking in another tongue
    Her language of love rang clear

    © 2021 Phil Perkins


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  • First Poem Published

    First Poem Published

    I’d like to offer a special word of thanks to Gabriela Marie Milton. She’s a wonderful poetess and I encourage you to visit her site and read her work. She’s also the Editor at MasticadoresUSA, featuring both poetry and short stories, where this morning I had my first poem published. So, stop by for a visit when you can to enjoy this creative web site!


    Two Hearts

    She found her heart one day beneath an old sweater
    That was lost in the attic of her yesteryear
    Collecting dust of memories long forgotten
    She took it back for want of love that she found pure

    Across the sea
    4000 miles
    Another heart did beat

    In a young man
    Whose love for her
    Would make their lives complete

    Together they would rule the world
    Two hearts, one love entwined
    To share this blessing they have found
    Heaven on earth, defined

    Holding hands in the park
    sipping wine after dark
    They were married last spring

    Now, they live happily by the ocean in a unique home which he built out of several shipping containers. She’s a thriving romance novelist, writing from her office which opens to a courtyard garden, in the center of their house. Together, they share stories in real time – a day in the lives of two dreamers who took a chance to embrace true love.

    © 2021 Phil Perkins

    Originally posted March 20, 2021


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  • Poem: Water Always Wins

    Poem: Water Always Wins

    Reflecting to reconcile the passage of time
    An artful adaptation before young eyes
    I set aside distractions of the digital world
    Choosing instead to carry a wooden walking stick and canteen
    Traversing what were once elevated peaks
    Dense rock now carved into gorges
    The jagged, sharp edges refined and smooth underfoot
    Warmed in the flow of nature
    Water always wins.

    © 2021 Phil Perkins

    Photography prints available.


  • A Precious Soul

    A Precious Soul

    Calmly pouring a dab of sugar-water into her hand, I watched as she positioned it under a ray of morning sunlight.

    It glistened as I listened to the sound of a faint fluttering, slowly growing stronger.

    Soon, a hummingbird appeared, pausing briefly to glance my way before proceeding to drink from her palm, thirsty and trusting.

    From a precious soul, precious love emanated from her eyes in sharing and caring for this small, delicate creature.

    I’d never seen a bird smile before that day, and I’ll always treasure the beauty in her eyes – a joy in my heart.

    © 2021 Phil Perkins


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  • Poem In Response

    Poem In Response

    After reading “Man, am I dreaming?” – a comedic poem about household chores, by poetess Michele Lee Sefton – I wrote this response:

    Provocative and productive
    With a sense of humor intact

    Doing dishes and the laundry
    For sharing we time – that’s a pact.

    © 2021 Phil Perkins


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  • Letter To A Friend

    Dear Carla,

    It’s never too late to make old friends new again…

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  • Poem of Friendship

    Poem of Friendship

    And so it came to be
    Through chance or destiny
    That we would meet and become friends.

    The best times have begun
    To share laughter and fun
    Let’s hope our friendship never ends.

    © 2021 Phil Perkins


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  • Poem of Dreaming

    Poem of Dreaming

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    Some may say she’s perfect
    She’ll tell you otherwise
    Aware that she has faults
    There’s no need for disguise

    Her shy smile and brown eyes
    Each melt my heart away
    Plus, an inner beauty
    She’s more than just okay

    The time to share is now
    While in the Spring of life
    And were my wish fulfilled
    Come Fall, she’d be my wife

    Yes, I know I’m dreaming
    Though hope to see the light
    Thinking of her daily
    And wanting what feels right

    Of course, a few things would need to change. For starters, it certainly would be nice if she’d remove my name from being blacklisted on her site at WordPress. It would also be charitable if my emails were no longer filtered into her trash bin. And, on occasion, she could use Twitter to read some of the messages & comments I’ve left for her. Perhaps, as an act of goodwill, she might like a single post on my web site…sometime. Lastly, if she would refrain from associating my name with the term ‘devil’ – I think that would be helpful, too. Barring these few exceptions, the future looks bright!!!

    Yes, I know I’m dreaming.

    © 2021 Phil Perkins



  • Short Poem

    Short Poem

    Throwing stones at poems
    I was hit in the head
    Matching words that rhyme
    I completed the thread

    © 2021 Phil Perkins


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  • Poem In Response

    Poem In Response

    After reading a delightful poem entitled “A reading reptile?” by poetess Michele Lee Sefton, of Arizona, I wrote this fun poem in response

    A toad named Todd
    Gave Michele the nod
    And the two began to chat.

    They spoke of books
    Of different looks
    And his desert habitat.

    © 2021 Phil Perkins


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  • A Lesson About Friendship

    A Lesson About Friendship

    Many moons ago, my father shared this short story with me. I’m not sure where he found it, or who wrote it. But, I’ve always considered it to be an inspiring lesson about friendship, and so I thought I’d share it with you.


    Just up the road from my house is a field with two horses in it. From a distance each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing. Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.

    If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.

    As you stand and watch these two friends, you’ll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure that her friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.

    Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes, we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see.

    Good friends are like this…you don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.

    Please listen for my bell and I’ll listen for yours.

    Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

    Author Unknown


  • Poem of Gardens

    Poem of Gardens

    Having read a wonderful poem entitled “Connected Roots“, by poetess Michele Lee Sefton – where she highlights the life & beauty of a desert rose named Lady Banks – I was inspired to write this short poem…

    From separate places to common spaces
    In a garden tended by loving hand
    Plants and people of nature and nurture
    Sharing golden beauty across the land

    © 2021 Phil Perkins


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