First Poem Published

I’d like to offer a special word of thanks to Gabriela Marie Milton. She’s a wonderful poet and I encourage you to visit her site and read her work. She’s also the Editor at MasticadoresUSA, featuring both poetry and short stories, where this morning I had my first poem published. So, stop by for a visit when you can to enjoy this creative web site!


Two Hearts

She found her heart one day beneath an old sweater
That was lost in the attic of her yesteryear
Collecting dust of memories long forgotten
She took it back for want of love that she found pure

Across the sea
4000 miles
Another heart did beat

In a young man
Whose love for her
Would make their lives complete

Together they would rule the world
Two hearts, one love entwined
To share this blessing they have found
Heaven on earth, defined

Holding hands in the park
sipping wine after dark
They were married last spring

Now, they live happily by the ocean in a unique home which he built out of several shipping containers. She’s a thriving romance novelist, writing from her office which opens to a courtyard garden, in the center of their house. Together, they share stories in real time – a day in the lives of two dreamers who took a chance to embrace true love.

© 2021 Phil Perkins


PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

Poem: Water Always Wins

Reflecting to reconcile the passage of time
An artful adaptation before young eyes
I set aside distractions of the digital world
Choosing instead to carry a wooden walking stick and canteen
Traversing what were once elevated peaks
Dense rock now carved into gorges
The jagged, sharp edges refined and smooth underfoot
Warmed in the flow of nature
Water always wins.

© 2021 Phil Perkins

Photography prints available.

Poem In Response

After reading “Man, am I dreaming?” – a comedic poem about household chores, by poet Michele Lee – I wrote this response:

Provocative and productive
With a sense of humor intact

Doing dishes and the laundry
For sharing we time – that’s a pact.

© 2021 Phil Perkins


PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

Poem of Friendship

And so it came to be
Through chance or destiny
That we would meet and become friends.

The best times have begun
To share laughter and fun
Let’s hope our friendship never ends.

© 2021 Phil Perkins


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Poem In Response

After reading a delightful poem entitled “A reading reptile?” by poet Michele Lee, of Arizona, I wrote this fun poem in response

A toad named Todd
Gave Michele the nod
And the two began to chat.

They spoke of books
Of different looks
And his desert habitat.

© 2021 Phil Perkins


PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

Time Together

Inspired by the writing of a friend: poem of husband & wife over time –


It seemed like magic when we met
Emotions we would share
On the table was everything
And with each word was care

To matters of health and sickness
In wealth or poverty
Each felt until death do us part
Was how it had to be

To work things through with compromise
And talk into the night
So when the morning sunlight came
Our time, again, was right

Time sure flies when you’re having fun
Sharing respect and love
By motto of two lives well lived
Our blessing from above

© 2021 Phil Perkins


PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

Interview With Emojis

I wrote this imaginative piece earlier this year, about a woman I liked and whose name shall remain anonymous…


🎙 What is courage?
😊 Well, I call her by her first name – XXXXX. She is courage.

🎙 Is she strong?
😅 Yes. She’s much stronger than I, and less than half my size. And I’m not ashamed to say it, but I’m afraid of her.

🎙 What does she look like?
😍 To me, she is a vision of beauty – her eyes, face, smile…and she’s also equally lovely inside.

🎙 Have you told her?
🤔 Have I told her what?

🎙 That you love her?
🥰 Is it that obvious? Well, yes.

🎙 Hmmm…did she say it back to you?
🕵 Well, I think she asked me about the weather…but she didn’t say that she didn’t love me.

🎙 I see. And that’s fine with you?
❤️ Yes, it is.

© 2021 Phil Perkins


I think it’s good to be able to laugh at oneself 😂 at times, and I hope that you found my sense of humor entertaining. Have a great day 👍

PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

Famous Quote

This morning, I visited the web site of a wonderful writer and friend, Lola Garcia de Silva, where she shared this historical quote by a German poet and novelist…

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A Poem

Keep On Moving…

Her eyes look right through me
As if I wasn’t there
It’s not the way it was
In fact, she used to care

But times have changed, today
More folks have come along
No longer a bright light
She’s found another song

I guess that I should go
To find a pretty face
Another girl to meet
And welcome to my space

Be grateful to share smiles
And break bread together
Write poems and laugh anew
Nothing lasts forever

It sure would be nice, though.

© 2021 Phil Perkins


Modified photo from unsplash.com.

A Poem Then And Again

© 2020 Phil Perkins

I’m a photographer, designer and artist. And, from time to time, I indulge myself with words. I’m not a poet, per se, but there are times when I do enjoy the creative process of writing short poems. Yet, to do so requires a source of inspiration…

Fortunately, I have a good friend named Carla Milho, a gifted writer from Lisbon, Portugal, with whom I converse on a regular basis. I’m grateful for her friendship, and always enjoy her writings – some of which have inspired these poems as my response:

Were the day night, and night to be day,
The tables changed of linens and wax.
A challenge of discovery,
Unraveling to be my task.

Response to “Uncover Me If You Are Able“, by Carla Milho


The story you write in the book that you share,
the smiles and the laughter contagious.
True friendship with Carla is really a treat,
her sense of humor outrageous!

Response to “I Already Know What I Need…A Pinch of Salt“, by Carla Milho


Beauty in the pen,
Through the hand,
From the mind.
To share inner thoughts,
Conscientious and kind.

She writes from the heart,
Thoughts collected
By choice.
Her topics refined,
Developed and with voice.

Response to “Muse“, by Carla Milho


⭐ A light to the east,
After dark
In the sky.

🕊 A dove is released,
And my wish
Came to fly.

🙏 Bound for the heavens,
With trust
In a prayer.

❤️ The woman I love,
With hope
We will share.

Response to “Make A Wish To A Star And It Will Come True“, by Carla Milho