Photo Challenge, 5 photos, 5 stories, 5 days

My friend Vivi offered me a challenge and there is nothing better I love than a challenge. What makes this even better is; it has to do with my camera.

Vivi and I have been good friends for at least 3 years. We have Skyped, chatted and laughed. Everything about her personality, I love. She lives over seas, and if she was my neighbor, I know the first place we would head to is a shoe store to search for red shoes!

Thanks so much Vivi.


Day 1 of my new challenge for Viveka.


This was me

Hiding from myself

When my brother became so ill

It stripped me of my health.


When death came to visit

It came knocking on his door

I swear I lost my person

I didn’t want to live for ever more.


A tick turned into minutes

A minute turned to hours

I prayed and kept my friends close

Until I gained back most my powers.


Now a year has somehow came

My heart and eyes still weep

But I find myself turning

To all my memories I keep.


So now I have come back

From  hiding within the grass

I found my smiles, my giggles

Now intertwined within my past.

Written by,

Terry Shepherd






Between Facebook and other social media I have been not so privileged to look at graphic photos and bold statements about police abusing citizens. I have read many comments dealing with defending or criticizing our police.

I can remember when I was a small kid, the schools taught us that the men in uniform were our friends. I learned that if I was ever in trouble, I could look for that policeman and he would keep me protected.

For the very first time I saw actual facts being told on the local news this morning. The story went something like this;

On a city block where mainly colored folks lived, many had been outside visiting with each other. They then noticed a police officer running past their area and he was chasing a suspect.

When the police didn’t gain control over the one running, a female, pregnant bystander started laughing out loud. The police man didn’t like it and came up to the pregnant lady and hit her according to the victim on the news, as hard as he could with his right hand in her stomach.

The pregnant lady is 8 months along. She then stated and had many eye witnesses to the hitting and words that followed some racial slurs. This incident sent the victim to the hospital for 5 hours of observation.

After the policeman stopped talking the victim pointed out the camera up on the building that was recording everything being done. The victim proceeded to let us news watchers understand his next actions.

The victim said the officer became very quiet and had a look on his face that expressed he had really screwed up. His parnter(s) who were standing near by were said to be watching with questions in their eyes on why this officer did and said what he did; but they did nothing to step in.

The newscaster said that they had reached out by phone and text for a comment on the video that captured everything, but no one has responded to them as of yet.

This is the closest I have been to believing that this may really have happened. I don’t know if this and many other episodes is all about being racist, or power over the people, or maybe Satan at work. I don’t have the answers. I will say one thing, with bad people imitating policemen in cars to lure ladies, or beating or hitting any person, and killing with ease;  I would definitely not teach my son or daughter to look for the nice policeman in the blue hat and shirt with the shiny badge; not in today’s world.