Short Story: The Time We Met

On an old cobblestone snickelway, a mild-mannered woman from the village happily daydreamed as she went about on her way to market.

Often overlooked by passersby, she was a humble and quiet woman of slight stature whose clothes were second-hand, though very well kept. Her gait was graceful, and she carried herself with confidence.

I’d seen her shopping before, filling her wicker basket with produce, sharing a shy smile though never conversation with others present.

Sometime later, while reading a newspaper on a bench aside the street, I observed her walking in my direction, returning home with a stock of food.

Soon, our eyes met and we shared a pleasant smile. She had the most beautiful eyes I’d ever seen, and I promptly stood to introduce myself. However, before I could speak, she reached forward towards me with her hand clasped.

I watched as she slowly unfurled her palm, revealing a small analog timepiece and a tattoo, reading; “The best is yet to come”. Nodding in affirmation, and, with time to spare, I grinned while asking if she would allow me the privilege of carrying her groceries home.

That was the first of many days that followed, during which time we spent countless hours together sharing experiences and happiness.

Behind those big green eyes and shy smile resided a strong woman with a courageous soul, and a heart full of love – a kind, gentle spirit.

She was truly one of a kind and it didn’t matter to me that she was mute – oftentimes, the most meaningful exchange between people who care for one another doesn’t require use of words to speak volumes.

© 2021 Phil Perkins


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Shoutout For A Friend

Every so often, I like to take time and highlight a friend from WordPress. Today, I’d like to give a shoutout to an exceptionally talented and lovely lady from Arizona, an energetic woman with wonderful wit, dreams, optimism, friendly demeanor and a kind heart.

Michele Lee Sefton

In acknowledgment of gratitude for the enjoyment I’ve received through her creative works, including a friendly exchange of comments, I wrote the following short poem:

Short stories painting pictures
Photography on a roll
Expressing freedom through dance
Her poetry stirs ones soul

I encourage guests to visit Michele’s web site ~ My Inspired Life ~ and follow her creative endeavors, which will entertain, uplift and inspire.


PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

Famous Quotes

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Dr. Suess

Imperfection

In my considered opinion, its absolutely true – imperfections are perfectly beautiful. Unique characteristics provide interest and greater beauty than that which is otherwise commonplace. Relative to this vintage glass macro photography, it’s the air bubbles, variations in thickness of glass, color and discolorations, pitted surface, etc., which make it especially appealing.

Light At The End of The Tunnel

Keep your chin up and remain optimistic – there is, after all, light at the end of the tunnel. There is also a selection of fine items available featuring this cool design in my shop at Society 6. So, check it out…

Good Morning Sunshine

Let The Sunshine In


It’s the start of a new day with warm sun rays cresting the horizon, streaming through a forest of pine trees. Enjoy your coffee as you visit my shops at Redbubble and Pixels to discover a great variety of gift and apparel items for sale. Thanks for stopping by!

Great gift giving ideas!

Head To The Sky

This simple graphic design with an optimistic message is available on a variety of gift & apparel items in my shop at Redbubble. Stop by sometime for a visit, and have a nice day!

Poem of Courage

After reading a friend’s writing, “The Hell’s Barge Self” – an inspiring account of ones fighting spirit to cherish life through surgery and not succumb to agents of evil – I wrote this poem in response…

Facing the faces of many
Disparaging people unkind
A warrior of courage with faith
Evil cast away – out of mind.

Drifting on boat through a dark hell
Operating to fight disease
Veiled voices behind a curtain
A lesson learned – not to appease.

Emerging stronger than before
Precious life held close to her heart
Eyes opened look forward with hope
Living life anew – a fresh start.

© 2021 Phil Perkins


PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

Poem In Response

Inspired by a friend, writer Carla Milho & her recent work, “Rest In Peace” – where she discusses the gift of life, present challenges, and an optimistic future – I wrote this short poem in response

The dark corners of empty rooms
Negative events of the past
I’ll put aside such memories
Like ghosts not meant to last.

Instead, the sounds of happiness
From friends who really care
This miracle of life, so grand
It’s mine – to live and share.

My dreams ahead, pursued with hope
I’ll focus on the positive
Because the best is yet to come
And, yes, I’ve got so much to give!

© 2021 Phil Perkins


Modified photo from unsplash.com.

From Portugal With Imagination

Truly a naturally beautiful woman, Carla Milho, based in Lisbon, Portugal, is a gifted & creative writer with a wonderful sense of imagination. I very much enjoyed her recent writing, “To Conquer“, and encourage you to visit her web site to read more positive, insightful and inspiring works.


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Words of Inspiration

After reading “Lost In Time And Space” – a poem by my friend & writer Carla Milho – I was inspired and responded by writing the following poem…

In the depths of despair
When time had no hands
Her clothes tattered and torn.

She questioned, “why me”?
Searching deep in her soul
Found hope and love reborn.

Now upright with courage
Each step purposeful
The Red Warrior roams free.

Named Carla Milho
Her friends celebrate
The life which has come to be.

© 2021 Phil Perkins


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Year In Review 2020

Time sure flies, and I’ve enjoyed many things in the year 2020. Here are some details:

And, a wonderful new friendship…

Carla Milho


Writer | Red Warrior

Lisbon, Portugal

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year 2021 ~ the best is yet to come!