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


  1. I think of recognition, self-forgiveness, and justice.

  2. Rather dark. Leaves one wondering what you believe you have done so wrong.

    The image is very nicely penned.

  3. Your interpretation of the photo is spot on ... I look at her body language, colors of the image and I see what you saw - though I could not have written it as well.

  4. Great words. Thank you for stopping by High Heels and Hot Flashes. Be sure to stop back by on Oct 3rd to read Kim Wright's story.

  5. What could have been that bad that could not be compromised! Conciliatory overtures would mend easily! Beautifully presented Ella!


  6. Hi Bee . . There is a tiny typo in your Linky URL, which prevents it opening the post, although I guess most viewers will see what's wrong.
    You have entered " . . . blogspot,com" not " . . ." You'd think Blogger would put that right for you! Stoopid Compooters!

    That's a lovely contrite poem . . but I don't believe you'd harm anyone.

  7. Who could not accept an apology as beautiful as this?

  8. I must agree with Miss Tess..

    Nice take!


  9. Thank you everyone - have not been around a great deal but appreciate all comments very much.

    Forgive me if I haven't been to your page. A great deal going on work wise and other projects. I will blog about a group I belong to called The Jericho Project here in Trinidad whose aim is to help all orphans and underprivileged children. We are also in the process of organizing a massive 12 hour concert here in Trinidad which may well go out world wide. It's called 'Concert for Somalia' and takes place in December before which we are having a telethon.

  10. This is a wonderful poem, Bee, and it acknowledges that eloquent gesture of the woman with the outstretched arms and open hands. Well done!

  11. Thank you Nicholas. I wanted to portray acceptance as opposed to submission which someone else saw when it came up on FB.


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