Tag: writing

  • 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.


  • Haiku: Time Travel

    Thinking about space after reading an article (Big Bang Impossible: Galaxies that weren’t supposed to exist) outlining recent observations from the James Webb Space Telescope, I woke up this morning and wrote this poem…

    Haiku

    One stone, then again
    Human lineage transcends
    Astronaut sojourn

    © 2022 Phil Perkins


    Space Debris

    You can find my original artwork on a variety of great products when you visit these shops: Society 6, Redbubble, Tee Public, Pixels and Cafepress. Thank you!


    Music

    Space Oddity by David Bowie (1969) – see lyrics here.


  • 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: Tree Fort

    Poem: Tree Fort

    I built a fort
    High in a tree
    A place to chill
    Relax, carefree

    Of wood and nails
    With steps and rails
    An oasis off the grid

    All pieces found
    – scattered around
    On the budget of a kid

      Now, times have changed
      That space seems small
      Yet the dream remains full-scale

      And so I drift
      To yesteryear
      Chasing mountains on a trail

      © 2022 Phil Perkins


      PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

      Rocky Mountain High – by John Denver (1972) – see lyrics here


    • 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


    • 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 “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


    • 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).


    • 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.


    • 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

      Sands of Time

      Around the lake on winds of change
      The sands of time did rearrange
      To shift terrain along the shore
      Resculpting landscapes to explore

      © 2022 Phil Perkins

      One of the early lessons I learned as a child growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in the city of Marquette on Lake Superior, was the enormous power of Mother Nature. Though some geographical locations remain relatively unchanged over time, the shorelines of my youth were renewed with each major storm — altering beaches and sandbars, as well as gigantic boulders washing up on to the harbor breakwall.

      This vintage photograph highlights the shores of Gitche Gumee to the northwest of Marquette, near Little Presque Isle. If interested, it’s available on a variety of prints and other items in my galleries at Pixels, Redbubble and ArtPal.

      Enjoy the great outdoors!


    • Poem in Response

      Poem in Response

      After reading “By Chance” (translated: por un acaso), posted by a dear friend and wonderful writer from Portugal, Carla Milho – wherein she shares reasons for changing her nickname, formerly Red Warrior – I was inspired to write this poem in response…

      In a land known as Lisbon
      Across the sea, set apart
      Hails a cute girl named Carla
      – a beautiful work of art

      Her skin, golden tan
      Her eyes, lovely green
      Her smile warms my heart
      …you know what I mean

      Like a school-kid with a crush
      Poems of love that never end
      Yet, I know she’s spoken for
      And extend my hand as friend

      © 2022 Phil Perkins


      PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.


    • Abstract Compact Disks

      Abstract Compact Disks

      Digital collage artwork of melting musical compact disks, with grunge effects and abstract typographic overlay. You can visit these galleries for great products:

      Haiku

      CD’s in the sun
      Melting songs some sang for fun
      Digitally spun

      © 2022 Phil Perkins


      Music and Design

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