Tag: inspire

  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    After reading “My Inspired Blog Back Story“, written by the very talented and lovely Arizonian poetess, Michele Lee Sefton – wherein she elaborates upon her decision to pursue writing, discusses challenges, hard work and successes – I was inspired to write this poem…

    From an absence of light came a spark in the dark
       In a call from her dreams to connect with her heart
    Inspiration brought joy with both truth and reward
       When she answered to make a creative fresh start

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Soul Searching by Average White Band (1976) – see lyrics here.

    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

    After reading “Não Há Metades” (Portuguese, meaning “There Are No Halves”) by Carla Milho – a very talented writer, lovely lady and good friend from Lisbon, Portugal – I was inspired to write this poem…

    Your magic charms
    Have captured me
    Now, what am I to do

    You warm my heart
    I can’t escape
    Feelings I know are true

    So far away
    I want you near
    Sharing time hand in hand

    That we may kiss
    On moonlit beach
    And lay down in the sand

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    Having read “Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright” by a talented poetess and dear friend from California, Cindy Georgakas – wherein she interweaves beautiful imagery with hopeful, endearing assurances – I was inspired to write this poem…

    She sloshes in galoshes
    Wading ankle-deep into memories

    Fond reflections splashed with love
    Buoy her spirits, like a summer breeze

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Summer Breeze – by Seals & Crofts (1972) / see lyrics here


  • Poem in Response

    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 unsplash.com.


  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    Having read “Amanhã Talvez” (Portuguese, meaning “Maybe Tomorrow”), written by a talented writer, lovely woman and good friend hailing from Lisbon, Carla Milho – wherein she contemplates meaningful expressions of emotion, aspiring to the present (carpe diem) rather than tomorrow – I was inspired to write this poem…

    It’s what she has
    Inside her heart
    That makes mine skip a beat

    Her good nature
    And precious soul
    Accentuate the sweet

    She’s the one who warms my heart
    And the light by which I see
    What it means to be alive
    Here and now, and yet to be

    Green eyes serene, her pair is nice
    – a golden slice of paradise

    To make it four and evermore
    Two happy hearts, to underscore

    I pen these words
    With hope she’ll read
    This message of the heart

    That if someday
    We ever meet
    In love, we’ll never part

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Shoutout to a Friend

    Shoutout to a Friend

    Creativity may be expressed in content which is cultivated, or that which is spontaneous, including through conversation…as follows.

    Flashback September 25, 2021

    I had just finished reading “Heart Beats on a City Street“, written by Michele Lee Sefton – a lovely author and poetess hailing from the Sonoran Desert of Arizona – when I saw a picture of her taking a photograph at night in the city.

    Having observed images posted on her site, Michele looks wonderful wearing blue jeans! I alluded to such in my comments responding to her cited writing, above, to which she noted, “Maybe Levi’s will endorse my site.”

    Her remark inspired me to write this storyline for a hypothetical Levi Strauss blue jeans commercial, subsequently pitched to the company:

    Imagine…it’s nighttime on a poorly lit street, with a steady pulse of background sounds from the city and steam wafting from manhole covers. The camera pans left, stopping to focus on the shadowy silhouette of a beautiful blonde woman wearing a cowgirl hat and boots, black top, and, yes, a pair of well-fitting Levi’s. She slowly saunters forward under a dim streetlight, when suddenly – the crashing sound of a metal trash can lid hitting the pavement! She makes a quick quarter-turn, drawing her DSLR camera as if it were a gun from a holster, and snaps a shot of a cat racing away with fish bones clenched in its teeth. The camera zooms in for a close-up scene of her face, as she remarks, “Here’s looking at you, cat”. She raises her camera, winks to the TV camera, and, resembling a gun having been fired, blows the smoke away from her lens. Then, Levi’s runs their slogan on-screen, perhaps in conjunction with the camera maker.

    © 2021 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photos from unsplash.com – jeans & street (Phoenix sidewalk at night).


  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    There are times I feel I should refrain
    From the sounds that drum as rhyme
    Yet, your beauty shines through poetry
    Like your smile, your words sublime

    Having read “Twilight’s First Blush“, written by a lovely poetess and friend from the Valley of the Sun, Michele Lee Sefton – wherein she conveys a romantic recollection at dawn & shares her welcomed sense of humor – I was inspired to write this poem in response…

    On a late night cruise
    To a rendezvous
    Just seventeen miles or so

    It’s the magic hour
    When night fades to day
    And the cock begins to crow

    In romantic waves
    Rhythm fills the air
    Glances cast amorously

    Soon, a warm embrace
    On the edge of love
    Two hearts sing in rhapsody

    Til the morning draws
    Colors peach to blue
    As faint starlight blinks farewell

    Cheers, to drift once more
    On this desert sea
    Over sand and under spell

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    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 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.


  • 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 in Response

    Poem in Response

    After reading “Remember This…” by Carla Milho – a good friend and wonderful writer from Lisbon, Portugal – wherein she speaks to the strength of love, I was inspired to write this poem in response…

    Until the End

    The star I see
    Within your eyes
    Grows bright across the land

    Straight from my heart
    Through spoken word
    I’m asking for your hand

    Please take this ring
    And put it on
    Let’s walk together, now

    From here to there
    Until the end
    In love, let’s make this vow

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Poem for a Friend

    Poem for a Friend

    Happy Birthday Carla Milho 🥳🎂🎁

    A lovely lady from Lisbon, Portugal, Carla is a wonderful writer and a dear friend. Please visit her site to wish her a Happy Birthday 👋🏻

    The time has come to celebrate
    Share gifts and cake and love
    Wishing all the best for Carla
    With blessings from above

    At forty-six and in your stride
    The world at your command
    The time is now, to seize the day
    Pursue your dreams as planned

    So eat your cake, and smile and laugh
    This day belongs to you
    And share good times with all your friends
    Some old, and some brand new

    © 2022 Phil Perkins

    Poem in Response

    Carla is often a source of inspiration for me, to which, having read her writing yesterday entitled, “Ballerina“, I offer this poem in response…

    So beautiful your words
    As the heart from which they flow
    Your precious spirit true
    Dancing eyes of green aglow

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    Having read Feeling the Squeeze, poetic prose by the talented and often inspirational Arizonian poetess, Michele Lee Sefton – wherein she writes about regional economic history, homegrown citrus & making lemonade – I was inspired to write this poem in response…

    From gloves to weed
    And holes to seed
    To roots with shoots
    And dirty boots

    The work you’ve done
    Unfolds as fun
    At harvest time
    Your crops, sublime

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Poem: Daydreaming

    Poem: Daydreaming

    We’ve all daydreamed at one time or another, drifting into a pleasant vision or wishful scenario of ones imagination. This poem speaks to such moments and compliments a lovely woman from India – Mukti Masih. She’s an accomplished writer and business Head of Content, a friend who is frequently the source of my inspiration, and the woman of my dreams…

    She entered a dream that was dreamed long ago
      A vision of beauty dancing in my mind
    An Indian woman whose name is Mukti
      Both poet and artist, and one of a kind
    
    I pinched myself twice
      Combed the sky for a star
    My wish, happiness
      With her light from afar
    
    On paper in pen
      I opened up my heart
    To longhand these words
      Emotions, to impart
    
    In seventeen years
      I awoke from this dream
    With her, by my side
      Sipping spiced chai with cream
    
    She poured me a cup
      As I looked in her eyes
    Good things can come true
      In a wink, by surprise
    
    © 2021 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

    Oftentimes, creative people excel in several areas. This is the case with my beautiful friend from India – Mukti Masih. I’ve enjoyed reading her poetry, and, seeing her wonderful paintings, was inspired to write this short poem:

    She stood by a wall
    A wall with her art

    I marveled at both
    Felt warmth in my heart

    A camp on the lake
    Moonlit glowing skies

    Reflections of light
    From stars, and her eyes

    © 2021 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.