Some relationships are
unbearably painful to observe as you
stand helplessly, impotently, angrily on the outside,
wanting so badly to rescue your loved ones caught within!
Nina Roberta Baker
Image by Sheo Wolf
by Nina Roberta Baker, November 21, 1994
In a flashing glimpse
of clarity and insight,
I saw ....
badly beaten dog
as it moved
tentative and fearful
toward the outstretched,
The same hand,
that had delivered the cruel,
and merciless blows of brutality....
And with its' tail
between its' quivering legs.....
with just the tip of it hesitantly,
trying to wag a response to the overture
the proffered touch....
Of that hand of pain and pleasure...
Of both security and insecurity...
Unsure of which it offered -
Knowing too that it
strike yet again,
The wretched cur
made its' pitiful, whimpering way
journeying over the distance and the fear
that lay between them
licked that hand of god.
© Nina Roberta Baker