Tag: memories

  • Poem: Fields of Green

    Poem: Fields of Green

    When once we played in fields of green
    Grand meadows and summer sun
    In Chuck Taylors with torn blue jeans
    Climbing trees and having fun
       Street hockey on a vacant lot
       Sailing frisbees through the air
       Building sand castles near the lake
       Living life without a care
    Now, days are short and time precious
    Yet the child inside still plays
    Drifting on dreams of yesteryear
    To the spring of happy days

    © 2022 Phil Perkins

    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Reelin’ In The Years by Steely Dan (1972) – 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

    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

    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

  • 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: 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!

  • Stepping Back

    Stepping Back

    It’s like I’m outside at a circus, looking through a dirty glass window, watching all the kids having fun inside…

    Climbing tall ladders to reach high wires. Pulling a lion’s tail. Stepping on the oversized shoes of clowns.

    In time, I turned back to pass between bended fence posts and begin my journey home – 10,000 steps.

    © 2021 Phil Perkins

    This creative writing was originally posted February 21, 2021. Today, I’ve reposted it to open the comments and also include a musical selection. Thanks for reading!

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

  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    After reading “Old Mays” by poetess Mukti Masih, of India – where she profoundly conveys the transformative influence of love with memories old and new – I was inspired to write this short poem…

    Like the warm glow of moonlight
    Illuminating the night

    Or, flowers so bountiful
    In blossom, so beautiful

    May with questions, you receive
    The truth you seek, and believe

    Your heart light with happiness
    Sharing peace and love, God bless

    © 2021 Phil Perkins

    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

  • Tale of A Cat

    Growing up on Lake Superior in the upper peninsula of Michigan, in the small city of Marquette, our family always had pets. And, at one point, we owned a black-and-gray striped cat named Bootsy.

    He was an indoor-outdoor cat, and, when inside, enjoyed sitting by the large picture window in the living room, at the front of the house.

    There were lots of kids in the neighborhood at that time, so it was common for friends to come over and visit. We also had a doorbell with a glowing light.

    Once, the doorbell rang and I went to see who it was, opening only the main door but not the screen door. I looked but nobody was there.

    At that time, a common prank which children enjoyed was called ditching doorbells – ringing someone’s doorbell & running away.

    Assuming this was the case, I closed the door and began to walk back into the house. Just then, it rang again. I turned around quickly and opened both doors, stepping out on to the front porch to see who it was – but, there was no person in sight.

    However, an explanation quickly became apparent. It was our cat!

    As the front porch was visible from the living room window, he could see people come to our house, press the glowing doorbell, hear the sound of the doorbell, and then watch us react by opening the door.

    On his own, Bootsy learned he could get on the milk box, and then jump up on top of the mailbox, from which he could lean against the doorbell, letting us know when he wanted to come inside. That education was a game-changer for a cat.

    The question: did we own the cat, or did he own us? I think the latter.

    © 2021 Phil Perkins

  • Song For Today

    Song For Today

    Modified photo from unsplash.com.

  • Reflections


    Vintage graphic design of nature through photography, as a late afternoon sun reflects across the glistening waters of Lake Superior, on a bay in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. See more.

  • Road Trip

    Road Trip

    Bring your luggage and hop aboard this traveling yellow van for a road trip! This whimsical graphic imagery can be enjoyed on a variety of interesting product types available through my galleries at Redbubble and Fine Art America.

    Hope to see you soon!

  • Memory Lane

    Memory Lane

    Take a step back in time and enjoy a visit to fond memories of youthful exuberance. You won’t have to go far, just stop by my galleries at Fine Art America or Redbubble to discover some really fun items – prints, tote bags, iPhone cases, t-shirts, notebooks, etc.. Enjoy!

  • Rustic Cabin

    Rustic Cabin

    Enjoy my artistic rendition of an old, rustic cabin missing windows and roofing, exposed to the elements of nature and ravages of time. The view reminds me of peering through a dirt-covered screen, trying to discern more accurately the details of a distant structure. If you’d like to add a print to the walls of your home or office, then please visit my gallery at Fine Art America to review a variety of print types.

  • Father And Son

    Father And Son

    This digital artwork features a father and son cautiously walking along the water’s edge of a lake, with their pant-cuffs rolled up to keep dry. Based on a photograph from unsplash.com. See more in my gallery at Fine Art America. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Memories of The Big Lake

    Memories of The Big Lake

    Looking back in time to the waves of Lake Superior, crashing on to and over a break wall located in Michigan’s upper peninsula, at Marquette on Presque Isle. Based on an analog photograph from 1994. Visitors can see more in my gallery at Fine Art America. Thanks for stopping by.