searching for INSPIRATION

I strolled down the steps where I lived and exited the front door to a wet December morning.

In the world outside my apartment, I heard the trickle of rain water from the  gutter coming down the drain into a small pool, by a Holly tree.

I whipped out my camera phone to record the scene. A Holly tree dripping from the rain. Then I noticed it had one small red berry on it. Only one small berry.

After using the camera for scene one, I examined my video as a replay. Tens upon tens of droplets of rain became hundreds as seconds slipped by.

It occurred to me as it often does, after the initial dose of doing; to up the ante.

Shoot another scene!

My Nikon camera was the only thing coming up as a suggestion.

My Nikon camera.

Why the elaborate for the simple, I thought. Besides, it’s raining.

Use a more expensive tool?

Why? I wondered.

I eased into calmer thought and realized, what I was doing was using the best for every occasion.

Looking up I saw an empty playground. The same playground I pass every morning. This time I imagined it was full of kids relating to each other in play. I imagined myself playing there as a child, and once when I pushed my daughter on a swing. But they were other places, years before.

The sound of drizzle and more drizzle brought me back to the present.

So, taking the short walk across the parking lot back into my apartment, I came to the threshold of the first floor. Then to the second floor and on to the third.

Pulling out my keys from my pants pocket, I unlocked the apartment door and opened the way to my room where the camera was nestled safely in its own bag.

I fixed the mic on the camera and came back to the playground.

Many specs of rain fell on the lens of my camera, but no heavy drops.

Will it hurt the camera?

I lifted up the camera and started recording the empty play ground.

Then it happened.

Low flying Geese came thundering across the space above me.

I dared not look up and spoil the video.

Their squawks were as roars overhead. A perfect display in a Royal Air Show at Farnborough with the Queen of England in attendance.

I kept as steady as I could for the video.

Then another formation of geese flew by, in case I missed the first opportunity, perhaps. But it was enough, I had got the audio on the first take.

Inspired I penned the sounds of my mind, that I now share with you as words:


The season has changed and geese fly away to a warmer land

So will children run away to a loving hand

Leaving cold boxes of sand 

To play where their features are not taught as differences 

That in time may become hindrances 

Intended to dim hope

But we are not a people of no hope

Instead, for the children’s sake we rise again in creation

Looking for a new civilization for this generation

Geese fly away.

But we, stay.

by ken gwira

What a pleasure that day has brought me.

Celebrate your day as the Queen or King of your playground: the world.


Mother dear mother. The one who cares for you like no other.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a parent is a person who brings up and cares for another. This can be either mother or father.

Do you know your parents story? That story includes you, even if they do not articulate it very well to you or anyone else.

There is a story in the bible about Moses, an important jewish prophet who is credited with writing the first five books of the bible and leading the Israelites out of bondage onto freedom. Interestingly enough he was born at a time of great challenge when the Pharaoh or King of Egypt had ordered all male children to be drowned.

The King was getting rid of his problem but for Moses’ parents, it meant the death of their child.

Contrastly, for you or anyone else it could be an idea or hopes for your family that is at risk.

Is there an order of such magnitude that threatens your community or nation?

Life is sometimes like a game of chess in which there is an important chess piece called a king. The king can move in any direction to any adjacent space that is not attacked by the opponent. You have to checkmate the king in order to win. To check is to stop the progress of something, so that it cannot escape.

So, if you do not “attack” a space in your life, something else will move there. You must take aggressive action against evil to your family.

The good news is, in life both sides have a king piece. You are a king. Therefore, you do have the ability to stop undesirable activity and create a better outcome.

Let’s get back to the story about what happened to Moses.

The bible references people who exhibited faith. Faith is trust to take action for something you hope for. The reference includes the parents of the same Moses we are discussing. His mother and father saw something special in him and hid him from certain death. They were not afraid of what the King had ordered.

Do not be afraid to occupy the space or opportunity that a problem provides.

There are many stories that will be told and some that won’t. The choice is yours. Here’s one written here on Woman Is Key about the mother of a friend of mine: Mother dear Mother.