A Tiny Life Moment of brightness in the midst of pain and Day 6 of my 100 day writing challenge

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The Moment

Scrolling mindlessly through Facebook. I stop at the picture of a friend. A portrait. Short wavy silver hair face framed an elfish face, overlaying an undercurrent of charcoal-grey hair. Eyes looking straight-through, filled with a mysterious force, a power that crashed a thousand shores, on rocks, cliffs, stones and gently on golden sands. Skin, eternally kissed as only the sky, clouds, sun, moon and winds could kiss. Daily, tenderly, harshly, yet always with passion. Like the ocean rumbling, never ending motion, calm yet deep. Mary’s picture spoke volumes, many volumes intensified in a single term — Metastases Cancer . For…

A Tiny Life Moment of understanding and Day 9 of my 100 day writing challenge

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The Moment

She was a diminutive woman.

I did not have my glasses on, so I could not make out her features. I would guess she was over sixty. She was dressed smartly in white. A little too formal for 7am. She wore a loose pair of linen trousers, a white t-shirt and strangely for the mid-England climate, a white straw hat. You know the type — with a large rim.

I won’t have noticed any of above, except for the strange response as I reached her.

She stepped off the pavement and into the bushy grassy verge. …

A tiny life moment of biting off more than I can chew and Day 7 of my 100 day writing challenge

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The moment

They laughed so hard, I was told that my sister almost peed on herself with all the merriment. I could not blame them, I was laughing out myself as a friend tried to put me out of the hole. I had gotten myself stuck in the hole. There was no way I could pull myself up, and my friend was much lighter than I. There was no way she could take my weight. In the end I slide out on my bum, smeared with white chalk, as 6 friends took photos and laughed.

The reflection

I was out with seven friends, walking…

A topic prompted by Karen Nimmo and Day 4 of my 100 day writing challenge

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Karen Nimmo asks, ‘what’s the best life advice you ever got?’ I read her great article here and decided I would like to share mine as well. Growing up in Nigeria, it’s no surprise that my selections are based on popular Nigerian sayings. These have stuck with me from childhood, and the wisdom in them have become more apparent as I have grown.

So here are the three pieces of advice I remind myself of, a lot of the time. Starting with No 3 on the list.

3. I can’t come and kill myself
OK, this may not make sense grammatically…

Poetry at the shared trauma of Black People and Day 3 of my 100 day writing challenge

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If we only had one story
Would it be told
From the moment we were sold
Or was there a beginning before the discovering

If we only had one story
Would it be of greatness, dignity, wealth, endless resources
Or the barrenness showed today, wars, famine, lack

Within, without, extended

If we only had one story
Would it ring out with a sound of joy, dance and laughter
Or a hoarse breathe from the knee of injustice on our neck

If we only had one story
Would our protests be heard
Or would we run to dodge the bullets from governments without…

A Tiny Life Moment of Love Lost

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The Moment

It was a quick tweet, but it singed the raised hairs of my heart. My quote is paraphrased and fictionalised but the sentiment was echoed in too many of the 119 responses. This was someone’s reality in the moment.

My partner raised his head up at breakfast and said “I have had enough of this relationship, I am moving out”. After five years living together, 3 dogs, health stresses and therapy. It was unexpected, and I do not understand how he got to this point.I am in so much pain now, he was my everything.

The Reflection

How does one move…

Explaining the real reason you never have time, and what to do about it and Day 2 of my 100 day writing challenge

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When last did you hear someone say, ‘I don’t have the time?’

Recently? Me too.

It was the truth, but they lied. This lie/truth dilemma is the delusion of the clocks, and in this article, I’ll try to explain why we never have time and the one thing we can do about it. Let’s start from what we know — this lie/truth is an excuse.

Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time” is to say “I don’t want to”. Lao Tzu

We don’t want to do it

It’s an accepted, valid excuse, not having ‘the time to’. Lao Tzu was succinctly correct…

It wasn’t designed for me, but I’ll do it, anyway; and Day 1 of my 100 day writing challenge

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Hi, I am Keno and I will take part in the illumination 100-day challenge for new writers. I am not new.

I used to write regularly with illumination when I first joined Medium in May 2020. It was lockdown, and I saw the world clearer. Words flowed. I became a top writer in Advice, Black Lives Matter, and Racism.

I had at least two viral articles and several curated articles.

I made lots of new friends. Then routine and busyness dimmed the world, and the words trickled. I barely logged on. My publication, Tiny Life Moments, faltered. I read little…

A tiny life writing prompt on the good, the bad and the ugly of the pandemic

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There is always a trigger.

It may be a chat with a friend, a photograph, a walk through the park, a new job offer, something said. But in that moment, realisation dawns and you smile and think, life is not that bad after all, what happened?

It may be a book, a piece of music, a passing thought or a news report. But in the moment a realisation dawns and you realise that something is not quite right with the world, what happened?

Writing prompt: May 2021

‘A moment from the Pandemic?’ is our writing prompt for the month of May.

For some, life…

Keno Ogbo

Crafting sentences that heal, treasuring tiny life moments. Liberating a stochastic brain. Christian. Outsystemer. Building a world of hope through words.

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