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, January 21, 2018

This One

Who am I?
Olivia at City Park, Shinjuku Japan, April 2017
Should I know –
Before I die.
Before I go.

A mind that thinks?
A body alive?
A place in time?
A spirit that thrives?

Books consume
Bread devour
Prayers to plead
Each day, each hour

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Headed Home, Goldfield to Camelback, Bulldog Canyon, Arizona, January 2018

Alive and alone?
There are perks
Eating cookies
Before they’re cooked
Returning late?
No one cares
Break a plate
No one stares

But snuggle close then fall asleep
Or tell a story of a recent trip
To one you know will understand
Conveying love by holding hands

Torn between
Two extremes
Here and now
Then and how

Sunday, January 7, 2018


Blue Birds, Pintail Lake Preserve, Show Low Arizona, December 2017

Perhaps the reason for empathy
That feeling of reciprocity
To share a connection soul to soul
That God may speak to me

Sunday, December 31, 2017


Olivia at the Riparian Preserve, Lakeside Arizona, December 2017

I have a pest
She wears a dress
Along the halls
She silent crawls
In long blonde hair
And no one’s there
Into my room
She roams

She sifts my things
Like golden rings
A closet door
A chest of drawers
Her eyes and mind
Record the find
She snoops along
Where things belong
She now knows more
Of stuff I store
Than I