Monday, July 7, 2014


Tintype  c1850s
Portrait of blind man holding a cat

Photo courtesy Tess Kinkaid,Magpie Tales

I found a find
In a dusty  shop
Among the possessions
Of victims' tears

Someone, somewhere
Lost all they owned
When bailiffs came
Stripping them bare

Here's  a photograph
Dark lacquer coated
Pressed on melainotype
Cast into time

I thought a thought
Saw in my mind
A bad reproduction
Tom Cruise fake

Barbara M Lake  ©
July 2014
Trinidad WI

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Egg Hunt


Finland 1968, photo by George F Mobley
Courtesy Tess Kinkaid,Magpie Tales on Blogger

Wind howling
Like a distant wolf
In pain

Children oblivious
Blinding cold sleet
That bites

April showers
Cannot spoil Easter
Egg hunt

Barbara M Lake  ©
Trinidad WI
April 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter 2014

To all my friends on Blogger, whether you celebrate Easter as a religious holiday or the start of spring, Happy Easter.  May you all receive abundant blessings and whatever you wish for yourselves and more.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Mistress

Mag 215
The King of Cats, 1935, Balthus 
Photo courtesy Tess Kinkaid, Magpie Tales on Blogger

And that's 
Just the man

An imitation
Of master's plan

Carbon copy
Of male's woman

Barbara M Lake
Trinidad WI
April 2013

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Shouter Baptist Day, Vote Catchers and Lunch 2014

Before I try to compose the weekly Magpie I would like to share with you a little of the Trinidad and Tobago culture.

Tomorrow is Spiritual Shouters Baptist Day and is a Public Holiday in this nation.  We have a great many public holidays here!  The government also gives extra days when nationals make their mark world wide as in the case of cricketer Brian Lara breaking the world record with 375 runs and Keshon Walcott winning a gold medal at the London Olympics 2012 for javelin throwing.  I term these extra holidays as 'vote catchers' but in reality when it comes to General Elections, people forget what the government hope they would have remembered!

Rather than writing a repeat of a  past blog about this day, if you are interested, here is the link.

I will not be at home tomorrow.  A girlfriend is leaving for two weeks holiday  in Canada soon and her birthday will happen whilst she is away.  So a group of friends have arranged a birthday lunch tomorrow.  Great way to spend a Public Holiday - girls' lunch.  Haven't been to one in a while and looking forward to it.  

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Magpie Tales 211

el greco feast-in-the-house-of-simon 1610
Courtesy of Tess Kinkaid

In my father's house
Many are welcome
The poor
Given preference

He does not look
At your garments
Of silk
And satin
Overdressed wealth

Come share this meal
If you will
Unfortunates outside
In need 
Of  sustenance

Barbara M Lake
Trinidad WI
March 2014

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