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  • Poem for a Friend

    Poem for a Friend

    This poem was written for Annabel, a very talented and beautiful poetess residing in California. An exquisite dancer and friend whose smile melts my heart, she’s also a source of inspiration. Please visit her site to enjoy her creative writings – thank you!

    Drifting by night, into a dream
    I saw her standing there –
    Beside the sea
    Under a moon
    Gold stardust in her hair

    Hers are the words I long to hear
    In rapture of the heart
    Each welcoming
    Our warm embrace
    Forming a work of art

    The day did dawn, as I arose
    Reflecting on her spell
    Deep down inside
    I wish for her
    – the lovely Annabel

    © 2023 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Sweet Thing, by Van Morrison (1969) – see lyrics here.


  • Poem in Response: Part II

    Poem in Response: Part II

    After writing my recent Poem in Response, inspired by reading “The Dance“, a wonderful poem penned by the beautiful Floridian poetess, Holly Hunter, I wrote this follow-up poem…

    Sharing the stars
    Embracing time
    Awake until twilight

    Two hearts in tow
    Drawn by the moon
    Through waves of love, delight

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTOT CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Morning Dance, by Spyro Gyra (1979)


  • Poem in Response

    Poem in Response

    Having read “The Dance“, written by the talented and lovely Floridian poetess, Holly Hunter – in which a beautiful redhead at the Sad Café holds the light of her heart in her hand – I was inspired to write this poem…

    Rhythm in waves
    They found the beach
    To make the moon their own

    Two hearts as one
    One dance in sync
    In love, never alone

    © 2022 Phil Perkins

    Update: I’ve added a second writing, Poem in Response: Part II.


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

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


  • 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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  • 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)


  • 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.


  • Song for Today

    Song for Today

    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.


  • 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


  • Haiku

    Haiku

    Once more, as before
    Her beauty draws pen to hand
    Déjà vu haiku

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Song for Today

    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Song for Today

    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • 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: 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.


  • 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.