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, September 25, 2016


"The Gang" at Curtis' fourth birthday, Mesa Arizona May 1963

I held his finger
We walked alone
My hand was up
His was down

On that path
I was not allowed
Except with dad
He led me out

I’ve done the same
With my own kids
And then again
With kids of kids

I’ve done now
As I was shown
It’s how we learn
It’s how we’ve grown

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Cool Crisp Mornings, Pinetop Arizona, September 2016
Blended lives
Blue and green
Colors swirling
New ones seen

Some of one
And some of two
What was done
Can none undo

You left upon me
Some of you
Me too

Looking back
I’ve now lost track
Cannot rerun
Cannot retract

Monday, September 19, 2016

Her Things

Autumn Nearer, Pinetop, Arizona September 2016
I do not blame
I’d want the same
Though she’s the one
Death for is come

I watch her sort
Her many things
I see her wishing
Different means

She wants me near
Emotions rear
At small things said
Rest in bed

What’s it like?
To leave a place
You’ll not be back
Won’t see our face

It’s more than faith
There you must wait
Just be strong
We’ll be along

Sunday, September 18, 2016

One Half

We were two bound as one –
Autumn Coming, Pinetop Arizona September 2016
But very soon she’ll be gone

She is sick and soon will slip –
Beyond. Of me, what will become?

You say, “how sad” –
And so it has –

She joins a throng who’ve passed along
Before their song was done

For none could help –
My love – Goodbye –
For soon she’ll die

Sunday, September 11, 2016


To the cattlemen who fenced a nation, Pinetop AZ, September 2016
When you hear the voice of warning
That a remnant may be saved
Are you in the group that lives?
Or in the one that fades?

Do you see yourself surviving?
Do you see a way that saves?
Have you set a plan in motion?
Will you float above the waves?

Sunday, September 4, 2016


Dank and dusty mine
Difficult to find
Coiled on a stone
Snake’s rattle shown

Downward Sloped
Hand groped
Saw stone and rope

Reaching out
Mind shout –
Turn about!

Hand jerks
Focus perks
Snake lurks

Stone to dew
Lost from view
We needn’t explore
This cave more

Diamondback Rattlesnake, Mt. Ord Wilderness, Arizona August 2007