Happy Palindrome Day

Actually, every day this month from 1/20/21 through 1/29/21 are palindrome dates; that is, each date reads the same forward or backward – 12021, 12121…12921.

There are also many examples of palindrome sentences. One of the most famous is –

A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!

Another Poem

If you follow my site, you may know that I have a friend from Lisbon, Portugal, named Carla Milho. She’s a wonderful writer and often a source of inspiration, including this recent poem of mine…

Before I Go

She doesn’t like when I say it,
But knows damn well it’s true.
I love her with my heart and soul,
So what am I to do?

Ok we’re friends let’s keep it cool,
I understand your choice.
I’d like to kiss but we can talk,
– So says my inner voice.

I know that she may never change,
But know I love her so.
So beautiful this chance I’ll take,
And wait – before I go.

© 2021 Phil Perkins


Modified photo from unsplash.com.

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


Modified photo from unsplash.com

Words Matter

Time Will Tell…

So high,
The cost of weak moments.

So low,
Introspection ensues.

Where is the middle ground,
When there’s just too much to lose?

Please tell her I care,
When no words make a sound.

When night comes too early,
And loneliness abounds.

Friendship,
I’d like to stay with you.

Forgiveness,
Is something you can do.

The rest is a dream,
And it’s not yet complete.

Hoping you read this,
Sent by email and tweet.

© 2021 Phil Perkins

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

Nothing To See Here

It may be near 100-degrees and you’ve been walking around downtown for several hours. You’re exhausted and need a place to rest, but there’s no shade in sight. That’s okay, you’ll survive. Keep moving, and –

Please Do Not Get In The Water!

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Magic Trick: Mind Reading – Revealed!

Having followed the steps outlined in my previous post, entitled Magic Trick: Mind Reading, it’s now time to reveal the magic!

Given they’ve applied their two different secret letters to the name of a country in the north & the name of a very large land animal, you can now turn to them and state…

That’s silly. There’s no such thing as Elephants in Denmark!

So much fun – have a good time with this magic trick, and thanks for visiting!

Magic Trick: Mind Reading

This is a fun trick you can use to amaze family & friends, who’ll be left scratching their heads, wondering – how did he know that? It works the same for one or more people at once, but you must be very clear in providing the proper instructions.

Note: I’ll post the answer tomorrow, so, if you’d like, you can play along today!

I have a trick I’d like to show you. It requires that you do some math, and you’re welcome to use a calculator if you’d like – but, it isn’t necessary.

Pick a number from 1-100 and don’t tell me. Keep it secret, and let me know when you’ve selected a number.

Ok. Multiply that number by 9…

Is your answer 2 or more digits long, yes or no?

If they say, “no”, then continue to The Next Step – see below.

If they say “yes”, then you say –

Ok. Now, add the digits together. For example, if your answer was 123, then add the “1” plus the “2” plus the “3” together to get a new number of “6”.

Next, rephrase the same question –

Is this new number still 2 or more digits long?

If so, have them add the digits together again & ask once more.

This time, they’ll answer “no” – continue to The Next Step.

The Next Step

Next, I’d like you to subtract 5 from your number…

Now I’d like you to assign your answer to its corresponding letter in the alphabet; for example, 1 = A, 2 = B, 3 = C, and so on. Let me know when you’ve done this.

Ok. Think of the name of a country in the north that begins with that letter. Let me know when you’re ready to continue.

Next, move one letter further into the alphabet, and think of the name of a very large land animal beginning with that letter.

Conclusion

I’ll provide the answer…tomorrow. See you then!

Vintage Glass Bottle Pop Art

This colorful pop art graphic design features the partial photograph of an old bottle (Napier Chemical Company, New York) which I dug from the ground as a child interested in old bottle collecting. Now repurposed, visitors may enjoy one of several different print types available in my gallery at Fine Art America. Check it out.

Jumbled Text Pattern Pillow Shams

Featuring a graphic design using words, these pillow shams are printed on soft, fuzzy 100% polyester for rich colors and sharp images that don’t fade. The reverse side is a white 50/50 poly-cotton blend with an envelope closure down the middle to keep pillows snug. Machine wash cold (no bleach), tumble dry low. Sets of 2 are available in standard (20″ x 26″) or king (20″ x 36″) sizes. Enjoy!