Queen Street West. Toronto, Ontario. Quaint shops define this street in the artsy fartsy district of Toronto. Many of the buildings are old and a bit tattered, but quaint nonetheless.
About a block east of Claremont Street and about three blocks west of Bathurst I glanced at a glass door at 704 Queen West. It was painted with various shades of blue graffiti, and under the painted street number the stenciled words "JUDGE ME". What, who, why was all I could think. So I snapped a cell phone photo.
Behind that door are stairs to the walk-up apartment in that building. Beyond that is left to one's imagination. I'm not sure I really want to see beyond that glass door and those two words.
a wellspring of my impatience
floods my eyes, drowns my soul.
damn the drought of my conscience
with karmic retribution, surrendering
my pride to shameful supplication.
I beg redemption to choke me with
and make me
Poem © 2010 by R. Burnett Baker
Photo © 2010 by R. Burnett Baker
Photo taken by R. Baker at 704 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, August 2010.