Tag: love

  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    After reading “The Best Gift“, written by the talented and beautiful poetess, Annabel – wherein she shares finding happiness through love and faith along her journey from home – I was inspired to write this poem…

    The gift of self love
    To make oneself whole
    Will reap great rewards
    Enliven your soul

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    What You Won’t Do for Love, by Bobby Caldwell (1978) – see lyrics here.


  • 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.


  • Still Life Rose

    Using Affinity Photo software, I made the following modifications to this photograph of a pink rose: the image was straightened and cropped, then desaturated; a mask was added in order to paint back color into the rose; clarity was enhanced, and adjustments layers were used (white balance, vibrance, levels); I also included a faint glow effect and a textural overlay.

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  • Song for Today

    Song for Today

    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Poem

    Poem

    A good friend and wonderful writer hailing from Lisbon, Portugal, she is often the source of my inspiration – Carla Milho. I encourage you to visit her web site to enjoy reading her posts. Thanks very much!

    A Star Named Carla

    The cosmos, full of stars
    With one that shines so bright
    I draw upon the sky
    For her, my wish, this night

    A spell cast from afar
    Her beauty speaks to me
    One candle in the dark
    Her light is all I see

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

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


  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    After reading “Maravilha” (Portuguese, meaning “The Wonderful”) by a beautiful and talented writer hailing from Lisbon, Portugal, Carla Milho – wherein she conveys sentiments of love, sincerity & happiness – I was inspired to write this haiku…

    Crafted with magic
    Drawing two hearts together
    An artist of love

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    Magic Carpet Ride – by Steppenwolf (1968) – see lyrics here


  • Music and Design

    Music and Design

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

    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 “Let Me Sing You a Lullaby” by the talented and beautiful Californian poetess, Annabel – wherein she recounts an appreciation of kindness, love and guidance, as received through the song of an angel – I was inspired to write this poem…

    Like a message in a bottle
    Sealed with a kiss and set adrift
    Words flow from your heart, so lovely
    – poetic bliss, shared as a gift

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photos from unsplash.com: one, two


  • Song for Today

    Song for Today

    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Music and Design

    Music and Design

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

    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.


  • Music and Design

    Music and Design

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

    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    Having read “To the Oak Tree“, penned by the lovely and talented poetess, Annabel, a dear friend and frequent source of my inspiration – wherein she speaks of nature, love and loyalty – I wrote this poem in response…

    Together, through roots and shoots
    Sharing seasons in the sun
    Majestic beauty unfolds
    With each ring, we grow as one

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    ↱ You can read the lyrics here