Love is Both a Path and a Guide ~~ Original Poems and Photographs by Rodney Standage, Gilbert Arizona

~~ Read Critically ~ Write Consciously ~ Speak Clearly ~ Tell Your Truth -Clint Smith

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Quiet Time

Snoozing Charlotte Rose, Mesquite Wash, Arizona, April 2018

When night is thick
And earth at rest
No sound is heard
Slight breeze at best

A vacuum forms
Around my mind
And pulls out thoughts
Perched in time

Replaying scenes
For fun or gain
Crafting phrases
Of things to say

Adrift this week
On a dreamy peak
But phrases stick
I’ll someday speak

Sunday, April 15, 2018


Monolith Rock, Bradshaw Mt., Arizona December 2008

Mid-winter’s eve
Daylight thieve
Night seep
Shadows creep
No moonbeams
The night of dreams
Darkness blaze
Stars appraise
The knight of nights
When fright excites
Sun gone away
Dark’s longest stay
Earth stands still
In winter chill
Then changing till
Mid-summer’s shrill
Now earthen clay
Spin back today

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Tall Grass

Mesa Temple, Arizona 1929

Today –
I trimmed the tall grass
Four clumps line the way
She liked it cut in the fall
Yet it’s now a winter’s day

Each clump I cut
I thought of her
“She’d be glad”
Though she’s not here

What is this need?
Deep in my soul
That of this deed
From her console

Put up the tools
My empty house
Not consoled
For she has passed

Sunday, April 1, 2018


Trader Lee's Mercantile, Mt. Man Rendezvous, Arizona, March 2018
Sky was night
Moon was slight
Room just shades of black and white

Moon’s reflected light
Brought things to sight
But nothing there was bright

Oh blue, green, yellow, red
Where have you gone or fled
Creeping things in your stead
Can fill my mind with dread

Now morning’s knight
Dark things smite
Sun with her colors - our world ignite