Twenty years ago Ahwatukee Foothills resident Peggy Robles started walking around her neighborhood for exercise in the morning, and soon after she began finding inspiration for poetry along the path of her walks.
As a mother of five, many of Robles’ poems, like “The Business of Mama” and “Domestic Engineers” focus on raising families. Over the years, Robles has sold a few of her copies through the Ahwatukee Recreation Center.
“My poems are all very Americana, and they rhyme perfectly,” she said. “I think the Ahwatukee residents that I talked to on my morning walks really inspired me.”
When Robles came home from her morning walks she would jot her thoughts down in her journal, and her poems were born from her journal entries.
In 1989, Robles won the Golden Poet Award from the World of Poetry.
“I’ve gone back and looked at my poetry over the years, and when people noticed my work, the recognition would spur me on to keep writing,” she said.
Robles was first exposed to poetry writing in high school, where she had a teacher who encouraged her writing.
“I’ve always thought in rhyme,” she said. “My high school teacher encouraged me to keep writing poetry, but I got married when I was 18 and had five children by the time I was 27. I wasn’t able to get back to poetry until I retired.”
Today, all of Robles’ poetry is copyrighted. She appealed to the National Library of Congress in order to protect her work from plagiarism.
“It was six months before I heard anything back from the National Library of Congress, but now my poems are all copyrighted,” she said. “Being copyrighted basically means that if I ever see my work somewhere, I am protected. Most writers recognize their work very easily.”
Robles’ daughter compiled all of her mother’s poems in a bound book with illustrations, but Robles is still looking for a publisher.
Throughout her retirement years, Robles has found that staying active in her community is important to her. She has been a yoga instructor and is on the Ahwatukee Recreation Center’s water polo team.
“I have to be busy,” she said.
Robles has also found that her artistic tendencies express themselves in ways outside of writing poetry.
“When you have an artistic flair you are artistic on several levels,” she said. “It gives me pleasure to sit down and paint just like I enjoy sitting down to write.”
For a sample of Robles’ poetry, visit the AFN’s community blog at www.ahwatukee.com.