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, July 30, 2017

Word Art

Me at Portage Glacier, Alaska June 1998

Ooh – they’re dark and full of pain
Mind is stone and eyes are rain
Do not there tread unless you must
Excise a canker or lost is trust

He took the pain deep in his soul
Mixed in words, sounds and more
Formed a piece on mantle placed
For all to see and some embrace

The hole t’was left when pain had gone
Has healed o’er though scars be long
Yet even they begin to thin
Time works its magic once again

Do not fault the artist’s hand
He did not ask for rocky sand
He only did what thought he must
Restore respect bring back the trust

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Shirt

Denise by the sea, Tokyo Japan, 1980

What was her thought?
This shirt she bought
When pulled from the rack
Was it seen on my back?
The style she approved
The fabric is smooth

It hangs with the rest
In my closet and chest
Why today did I look?
This shirt that I took

And think of her –

Sunday, July 16, 2017


Sunrise in Pinedale, Arizona, July 2017

I woke at two and started bread
Then promptly jump back in my bed
At six I pulled from the oven warm
With knife a slice I neatly shorn
Hot and fresh the butter slick
Covered o’er with jam spread thick
I took a bite and sipped my drink
Now casting o’er the mountain’s brink
Sun’s rosy fingers caress then shrink
A good day’s start – don’t you think?

Sunday, July 9, 2017


To celebrate a thing unknown
July 4th Parade, Show Low Arizona, July 2017
To sit and cry a mournful groan

To celebrate a thing forgot
Inside we feel a creeping rot

Pretend to push away the hurt
But damage done, a broken heart

Deeply crave another’s love
Another’s care – “The remembered one”

Why did the other fail to do?
If they knew they’d suffer too.

Can we say with words not spoke?
Can we write no ink in stroke?

Help me with a gentle nudge
Remember things you begrudge

If somehow I forgot to do
Please help me celebrate with you.