Thursday, September 24, 2015

Republic Day Trinidad and Tobago

Happy Republic Day Trinidad and Tobago.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Track Spirit

Magpie 278

Photo courtesy of Tess Kinkaid, Magpie Tales on Blogspot

Whispy and silent
Out of nowhere
She comes
Making her way
To where
She doesn't rest

Intense black eyes
Pierce the driver
Burning stare
Holding his gaze 
Fixed hard
Locking him in

Brakes will squeal
Just as before
Danger averted
But nothing there
He will
Say, she disappeared

Barbara M Lake ©
Trinidad WI
July 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

Joy Followed by Sadness

How does one deal with a shock and deep sadness that follows on the heels of great joy?

Earlier this evening members of the family celebrated my daughter`s birthday as guests of her boyfriend.   It was a beautiful evening.  She was taken by complete surprise  and I will share how in the coming days. During the celebration, news arrived of an addition to the family by way of an 8lbs 2.ozs baby girl. So all was wonderful in the world.

At home,   much later I learned via a Face Book post appearing in my News Feed that a friend of the last 20 years is longer with us.   To say I am in shock is an understatement.

Life is unpredictable as is death. A lesson for us all.  Carp Diem.

RIP Cathy Busst, lovely lady and dear friend.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Our House. A Week of Birthdays!

It's my daughter's birthday today. A whole 29!  She's panicking because she's going to be 30 next year!

It was my son's birthday last Sunday. A whole 37! He's panicking because he's going to be 40 in three years!

My son with his wife

Brother and sister on son's wedding day, December 2010.

Happy Birthday to them both with much love and many blessings. xxxx

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Birthday Remembered.

On the 1 July 1921 John Joseph Gerrard came into the world and went on to do great things in his life.  Gone unexpectedly too soon, 13 Saturday 13 December 1986.

You loved life and today Daddy, I raise a glass to you in celebration of your life and the contributions you made to the world whilst you were here.    A mentor to many, you are still remembered with love and affection by those whose lives you touched in some way or another.

I know you are resting in peace - even if you do occasionally give the odd order to the other inmates of heaven!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Wishful Thinking



                                                                     Artwork by Ulrike Bolenz
Courtesy Tess Kinkaid, Magpie Tales on

Of course I can fly
Anytime I want to
Look at my wings
You can't see them?

I can fly absolutely
Take off anytime
I choose to
Whatever you want 

It is very hard
To make that first
Flight on my own
From what I know

It is fine for you
To sit and judge
You don't know
Holds me together.

Barbara M Lake  ©
Trinidad, WI
May 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Hail Mary


Photograph courtesy Tess Kinkaid

Hail Mary
Full of grace
They likened you
To a bubblehead

Hail Mary
The Lord is 
With thee, blessed
Those who understand

Holy Mary
Mother of God
Pray  for those
Who are blind

Mother Mary
Pray, forgive them
They know not
What they do 

Oh tender Mary
Those begging intercession
Were never left
Unaided and bereft

Lady of Nations
Queen of Heaven
I beg you
Ignore the headset

Filled with confidence
I approach you
To pray for
Them, me, Amen.

Barbara M Lake ©
May 2015 
Trinidad WI

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