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  • Poem for a Friend

    Poem for a Friend

    This poem was written as a birthday gift for my dearest friend, Carla Milho, a beautiful lady and talented writer hailing from Lisbon, Portugal. Please visit her web site to wish her a Happy Birthday on this special day – thanks very much!

    Frost the cake and add a candle to the dish
    It’s time to make a wish
    Another year is here

    Sing the song we know with joy and warm delight
    We celebrate tonight
    Toasting you with good cheer

    47!!!

    Happy Birthday, Carla
    Let the good times flow
    Fun and friends who love you, don’t you know

    Happiness, forever
    When you share a smile
    Days ahead grow brighter, all the while

    © 2023 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)
    by Van Morrison (1972)
    • see lyrics here


  • Poem

    Poem

    The other day, I had a recollection…

    Many, many moons ago, I was playing poker after hours with friends at an Irish pub in Royal Oak, Michigan. That night, luck was on my side and I happened to win the first four games. So, to their dismay, I said farewell and skated – up $80.

    Last evening, I watched Maverick (Mel Gibson, Jodi Foster, James Garner)…

    This morning, I wrote this short poem…

    We bet by chance
    On calling cards
    One night, at a bar, long ago

    She played her hand
    – a suited flush
    All hearts, for a Queen, kneading dough

    © 2023 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

    Lonesome Loser, by Little River Band (1979) – 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)


  • Poem for a Friend

    Poem for a Friend

    This poem was written for a very talented and lovely poetess hailing from Florida, Holly Hunter. She’s a friend who often brings a smile to my face, and a source of inspiration. I encourage you to visit her web site, House of Heart, to enjoy her creative writings – thank you!

    Her smile across the stars
    Shines light to warm my heart
    So heavenly the glow
    Holly – a work of art

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Poem

    Poem

    Time is Precious

    Time is precious
    It’s of the essence
    It’s here, then gone
    From adolescence

    The time you have
    And the time you take
    The things you’ve done
    And the plans you make
    The sights you’ve seen
    Now a memory
    And what’s to come
    Yet a fantasy

    Time marches on
    Though nary a sound
    Hands on the wall
    Each day spin around

    Time is fleeting
    Take note and behold
    Lessons in life
    With age, growing old

    Make your time count
    To be a good friend
    Share happiness
    And love to the end

    © 2022 Phil Perkins

    You might also enjoy reading another poem I wrote about time, entitled “A Distant Time“. It was published on July 12, 2021.


    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


  • Waterfall in the Woods

    This photograph was taken while visiting Lost Creek Falls State Natural Area, in Sparta, Tennessee, featuring a nameless waterfall located nearby. If you’d be interested in an accent piece for an empty wall in your home or office, then visit the following galleries to find a print which suits your interests…


    Song for the Day

    A Horse With No Name – by America / 1971


  • The Keys of Music

    The Keys of Music

    Colorful grunge-style typographic artwork featuring a musician playing the piano. This design is available on a variety of different fine prints and other products, in these galleries: Pixels, ArtPal and Redbubble. It would make a great gift, too.

    Thanks very much!