Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Etcher's Prayer

Magpie 128

Image by Nelko Nedic
photograph courtesy Tess Kinkaid, Magpie Tales on Blogger

She's gone
That is why
I gave you
Her boot
To chew
But you didn't
That is why
Etched on the wall 
My hope that
Be back
The plant has died

Barbara M Lake ©
Trinidad WIJuly 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Cut


Figure 8, 1952 by Franz Kline
Photograph courtesy Tess Kinkaid, Magpie Tales on Blogger

Once they were curls
Springy with bounce
A testimony to the ad

Fast snips silver steel 
No care nor grace
What took years to grow

Black mane now lies
On cold white marble
To be casually swept away 

Barbara M Lake ©
Trinidad WI
July 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Bare Arms

MAG 126

artwork by Jack Vettriano
photograph courtesy Tess Kinkaid, Magpie Tales

No more the terrible fear when 
The door closed
No more the drunken
Footstep on the stair
The door is closed

No more the angry clenched fist
Across her face
No more the breaking
Of a bleeding heart
The door is closed

No more tears to be cried
As fire rages
No more broken bones 
Ashes to ashes
Behind the closed door

No more dark glasses to hide
The purple welts
No more dark lies 
Bare arms show
That door has closed

Barbara M Lake ©
Trinidad WI
July 2012 


Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Rainy Season Saturday in Trinidad.

At 12:30 PM the south Axis of the wave is still off our east coast and is expected to made landfall soon. Showers have already fallen in east, central and northern Trinidad.  More showers and possible thunderstorms expected this afternoon and evening.

I work all week and many weekends to boot, so my husband who is a great cook, does the majority of cooking in this house nowadays. Being one who spent many a happy hour in the kitchen cooking for family and  friends, I now miss those days. This family loves to entertain and we used to entertain a great deal - from formal dinner parties to impromptu suppers around the kitchen table. lunchtime summer barbecues and al fresco evening suppers.
Last week was tough and tiring  work wise but I was determined to play chief cook and bottle washer this weekend and try to be a housewife.  But I decided to keep it simple - very simple!  So lunch was a pasta dish which is a hot favourite with the man of the house.  
It starts like this.

Whilst the pasta is cooking, the courgette, mushrooms, tomatoes flavoured with garlic, rosemary, basil and oregano look like this.

And the end product,  when tossed and topped with Parmesan and black pepper looks like this

Can be served with a tossed salad and warm garlic bread.  Don't forget the wine!

After lunch the bad weather really set in.  Torrential rain and this was what it looked like from my kitchen windows.  We are high up as we live on a hill overlooking a valley.

I zoomed in from the kitchen patio doors for this one.

And this was taken from  the door which leads onto the back patio.

A very wet chilly afternoon here in tropical Trinidad so my husband and I decided to warm it up with a couple of shots of Stolle!!

You cannot ask for more than that and now a few hours later, we're about to have some smoked salmon.  In my case it will be accompanied by a glass or two of Chardonnay.

I'm cooking salmon for lunch tomorrow and so I can go back to work on Monday feeling that I've done my bit.  I like playing housewife occasionally!!!


Sunday, July 8, 2012



Chilmark Hay 1951 - Thomas Hart-Benton
Photograph courtesy Tess Kinkaid, Magpie Tales

The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea
But not here
This is not Gray’s Elegy

Rolling clouds drift lazily across the sky
Never once disturbing
Baling of hay now that it’s dry

Now is the time to reap the wheat
So that in winter
Pastures are dry but animals eat

Barbara M Lake ©
Trinidad WI
July 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Magpie 124

Ophelia by Odilon Redon
Photograph courtesy Tess Kinkaid, Magpie Tales

Pretty pattern
Flowers of
Yellow and white
Waters blue
A beautiful face

Delicate china
Oven proof
Dishwasher proof
But not
Danish proof

Barbara M Lake  ©
Trinidad WI
July 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Birthday to America!

To all my American friends, whether you are in the US or living elsewhere, 

Happy Birthday!

Monday, July 2, 2012

2 July 2012 Happy Birthday Natasha

The full of fun lady

The long slog was worth it!


June 2012
with Donna Mae

I am blessed to have a daughter who is a constant joy in my life.  On this day as every day, I want to tell her that she is much loved and treasured and I want to remind her that she can do anything that she sets her mind to because God gave her that gift.  Her friends will tell you that she's loyal  and when she's your friend, she's there for life.  She can sometimes be brutally honest but always couches that honesty with love and tenderness.

My darling girl, use your God given talents to the best of your ability  and continue to radiate that light of love that glows around you.

Happy Birthday Natasha.  May this day and all that follow be filled with love, laughter, peace, joy and millions of blessing.
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