Friday, September 30, 2011


Photograph courtesy Tess Kinkaid, Magpie Tales

The hardest rain
Can never cleanse me
Of the harm
I have done you

I stand with 
Arms open wide  to take
Whatever  punishment 
You decide is mine

I am here
You can come my love
To pronounce my fate
Which I'll accept

Barbara M Lake  ©
Trinidad WI
Sept 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Sapera

Mag 83

The Snake Charmer, Henri Rousseau, 1907

Photograph courtesy of Tess Kinkaid, Magpie Tales 

The far pavilions
Shrouded in a swirling mist
The dawn seeps through
The steam from
The River Ganga

On the banks
A figure stands alone
A been held in hand
Ready to charm
With magical rhythms

Nomad of Sapera
Playing notes that mesmerize
Bring forth the
Serpents from within
Sleepy lazily slithering

Barbara M Lake  ©
Trinidad WI
September 2011

A footnote:  

I saw my fist snake charmer when I was a six year old in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka which was then Ceylon. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Meeting

Mag 82 

The Revenant, 1949, Andrew Wyeth

Photograph courtesy Tess Kinkaid,  Magpie Tales

Breathing is difficult
Short sharp rattling

Vision is blurred
White closing in

Life running out
Time to journey 

You are here
Again to help

Nothing to fear
Hands reach out

Body slips away
Immortal soul flies

Barbara M Lake  ©      
September 2011
Trinidad, WI

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Mag 81 


  Photograph courtesy Tess Kinkaid, Magpie Tales

Surrounded by junk 
Bogged down
Stuck in a rut
Bit like life really!

Barbara M Lake ©  
September 2011
Trinidad, WI

Friday, September 2, 2011

State of Emergency in Trinidad & Tobago Update


Port of Spain. Over the last 24 hours, a total of one hundred and sixty seven persons [167] were arrested. Of the total arrests within the 24 hour period, twenty seven [27] were gang related, one [1] homicide, thirty five [35] drug related, two [2] persons were arrested for firearm related charges, fifty nine [59] persons were arrested for outstanding warrants, five [5] were arrested for breach of curfew, twenty two [22] were arrested for traffic offences, with ninety six [96] tickets issued and thirteen [13] persons were arrested for other serious offences. Three [3] others were arrested for other offences. One firearm and fifteen rounds of ammunition were also seized.

To date, a total of one thousand, one hundred and forty three [1143] persons have been arrested, with three hundred and sixty six [366] arrests related to gangs, two hundred and sixteen [216] related to drug offences, two hundred and twenty eight [228] related to outstanding warrants, one hundred and eighty one [181] related to other serious offences, eighty two [82] related to breach of curfew, and thirty [30] related to homicide.

Additionally, the Coast Guard acting on intelligence seized a vessel with two (2) male Trinidadians along with two (2) male Jamaicans and confiscated a quantity of cocaine with a street value of $3.2 million dollars on board the vessel.

Issued by the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Communications
State of Emergency [SOE] Communications

Of course there's much more going on as well and we will know later today whether or not the curfew times have been changed.

This came about not just because of a much needed  major crackdown on  crime and the drug shipments coming into and through this country but because a plan to assassinate the Prime Minister and the Attorney General was uncovered.
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