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Johan Maltesson

"Only Goodness and Love Can Pass Through a Rose Arch"

Kristianstad, Scania, Sweden
male, age 30
single
Speaks: Swedish, Danish, English, Norwegian
Joined Dec 24, 2003
What I Want to Do: Contribute to a better world


 
THE ROSE ARCH
Welcome to visit my poetry site - The Rose Arch!


"Only Goodness and Love Can Pass Through a Rose Arch"
  ("White Oleander")



Beauty...

  

 
          
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Lives in...

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Dreams...

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Pisces - the Sign of Dreams

Welcome to visit the Maltese Zodiac Website!   

 
 

Fantasy...

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Love...


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     Ashima Goddess
Ashima Goddess - Phoenician Deity, Personification of Pure Love
(Read her story here)

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... and in the Miracle of Life...


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My Poetry... 


The Angel of Death

I am dead now
You killed as you walked out
I'm lying on the floor
I am no longer living
My heart will beat no more

You told me that you loved me
But that you had to leave
That I had to understand
That this had to be

You were my salvation
My angel in the sky
You gave me pretty wings and
You taught me how to fly
But then you broke my wings off
And stomped me to the ground
And now I'm lying dead here
Drowned in tears for you

And if I ever one day would
Rise up from the dead
Could I then ever love again
Without the heart you stole away?
Better never love at all
Than having loved and lost?


Angel Tears

Every raindrop is the tear of an angel
And the red of the rose is the blood of every wounded heart
And every time you cry an angel cries with you

And the rain that falls brings strength to all that's living
And the Angel Tears can bring a rose to bloom

It happens to me at times that I feel sad and troubled
When I hear about all that takes place in this world
And I wonder at times about all that pain and sorrow
And how this world can still go on
With all those things that happen here
How can there still be hope and laughter in our hearts

I have thought about this, so many nights I've pondered
And now at last I think I may have found my answer
It makes sense and it's the best that I can find
I think the reason why our hearts can still go on through darkness
And why we find the sunshine after all is this

Every raindrop is the tear of an angel
And the red of the rose is the blood of every wounded heart
And every time you cry an angel cries with you

And the rain that falls brings strength to all that's living
And the Angel Tears can bring a rose to bloom

And with every kind thought, with every hug of comfort
With every caring word, with every helping hand
An angel smiles with you

And after every rain you know the sun will shine again
The rainbow in the sky the messenger of hope
That we can make Heaven's beauty too, right here on Earth

Every raindrop is the tear of an angel
And the red of the rose is the blood of every wounded heart
And every time you cry and angel cries with you

And the rain that falls brings strength to all that's living
And the Angel Tears can bring a rose to bloom

And the Angel Tears can bring a rose to bloom


As the Leafs Are Falling Down

Birds head for warmer weather
The colors of the leafs are changing
Darkness falls upon the land
Autumn has arrived

As icy winds blow from the north
I remember you the most
Because it was just at this time
That you left, my sweetest friend
Now time has passed, so many days
But the wounds you caused upon my heart
Does not ever seem to heal

I still recall your deep green eyes
Our first gaze that magic day
The taste of your sweet strawberry lips
Your tongue so soft around my tongue
Your lovely, loving smile
Your head upon my shoulder
Your fingers squeezed so tight around mine
Never wanting to let go

You spoke right into my heart
Two straightedge veggies
Into Asian mystics
And crazy for Gothic art
Reading poetry upon ragged couches
Shopping arty junk until we dropped

We were always together
Of course you were the one for me
You brought me into life
And you said to me
You would be forever mine

But your love died
I don't know why
You just said you had to go
And so you left me all alone
On that rainy autumn day

Buildings, trees and streets and cars
Still looks the same as then
But that old bench on which we kissed
Is cold and empty now
The pavement which we used to tread
Is crackled now, and hard
And the rain through which we used to stroll
Now just makes my body cold

But even as you're now long gone
There is one last thing I want to say
That I will forever thankful be
For that time you gave to me

And as the leafs are falling down
My tears are falling too


Beautiful

The world is more beautiful when you are here
In the falling rain I can see sunshine when you are here
In the dark night I can see starlight when you are here
In the city's stone I can see flowers when you are here
In despair I can see the hope rise when you are here
And in your smile I can see Heaven when you are here


The Beech Forest

Green roof upon pillars of silver
Floor made of copper that's shining
A fairytale world for the wild
For the beauty deriving from freedom

You're running
Like a red fox leaping
Running like a restless squirrel
Dancing upon stones of grey
Light as the breeze
Swift as the sprites of the sagas

Your real home is the forest
Here we'll be staying forever
You spin your gaze at the tree tops
The birds are singing your praise
Doves pass you by in procession
To salute your arrival, my Sweet Forest Princess
To welcome you home to your palace of green

The brook is rapidly purling
You take a seat at a big rock
You're lying down to rest
You look at the streaming water
A dragonfly passes over the surface
I take a seat beside you
The warblers are singing solely for us

You are so full of beauty
So sweet
So vulnerable
So fragile
So radiant
I feel a great admiration
And thankfulness
Because I believe the you need me
And I definitely know that I need you

No screaming
No quarrel
No pressure
Only I
Only you
I, the Shy Dreamer
You, my Sweet Forest Princess
Resting in the Temple of the Beeches
Rocked into rest by tender bird song
And I know now that I am in love


Cold and Lonely

We're looking for companionship
So scared of attachment
So scared of what hearts have to say
In a cold and lonely world 

In a cold and lonely world
People are walking lonely 
Reaching out for a hand to hold
But no one dare to reach you

In a cold and lonely world
Dark paths are winding
And when we see the sun
We're closing our eyes
Looking it's too painful
And as we step into the light 
It will be too late
It will be all to late

It's a cold and lonely world
Flooding with tears of deep pain
Cold and lonely world
People are sad, we're longing

And if we find
our love
We soon let
it go

Just let it go
It's best just to go
To not turn around
Never be bound
Bonds always break
Love is just fake

But we're looking for companionship
In a cold and lonely world



The Evil Little Vamp

Tonight I will be dancing
With an evil little vamp
An evil little vamp
Who wants me as her lover

She's a creature of the night
Always dressed in black
She dwells in the shadows
Avoiding to be seen
Not seen by anyone but me

She's faster than a wolf
She's stronger than a bull
But she would never hurt me
'Cause I'm the one she loves

She knows a lot of things
For she has lived a thousand years
She has seen a lot of things
That I will never see

We can sit around and talk
In some alley in the dark
With the spirits of the night
For hours at an end
And you would never believe
What those ghosts don't live to tell

We use to play around
Roam from street to street
Looking for the lucky ones
And have a little drink

Slit the heads of the establishment
Suck our teeth into their brains
And have the succulent juice
For we are the ones who prey
On those who think they are on top

Your blood is our wine
And then when we are drunk
We dance in your blood
That flows on the street
Glittering and sparkling
In the moonlight

And by the morning she is gone
For she's sleeping all day long
My dark vampire girl
And I'm left there in the alley
Covered in blood
Shedding a tear for being lonely
Longing for the night to come

For tonight I will be dancing
With an evil little vamp 
An evil little vamp
Who wants me as her lover

So if you hold your life dear
Be careful in the night
Never trust an evil vamp
It could cost you your life

And tonight I will be dancing
With an evil little vamp
An evil little vamp
Who wants me as her lover  


Five Senses

I saw your soul today my love
For the first time laid my gaze upon your eyes
You drowned me in those eyes my dear
My baptism of bliss

I tasted you today my love
For the first time licked the sweetness from your tongue
You ate me with that mouth my dear
My Heaven in your flesh

I heard your heart today my love
For the first time as it pounded fast right next to my ear
Your voice became my own my dear
My Heaven in your soul

I felt your skin today my love
For the first time felt your steaming, throbbing body heat
You went into my soul my dear
My Heaven became yours

I smelled your scent today my love
For the first time smelled your sweat pearls that fell upon my chest
You took away my scent my dear and mated it with yours
Surrender of existence being one with you

Five senses
Oh
It is all I have my love

Five senses
And they all crave you

Five senses
Yes
All that is in Heaven


Glumslove

Scania
Zealand

Helsingor
Helsingborg
Malmo
Copenhagen

Millions of people all around
But right here
On this very hills by the shores of the sea
Are in this very moment only you, only me

You give me a little blue flower
You say forget-me-not
And I never will

I feel your hand in my hair
Your head on my shoulder
Salty winds are blowing from the sea
I follow you down on the ground

Your tongue in my mouth
Your body on mine
Four eyes that meet in love
Four lips that meet in desire
The most beautiful things our lives has to offer

Looking deep into your eyes
I could gaze into these pretty eyes forever
That is how beautiful these eyes are
And just a deep is my love for you

You're closing your eyes in a smile
And I plead to the sea to stop surging
I plead to the wind to stop whistling
No one must ever disturb you
I'll let you rest here in silence
By my side you will always be safe

Want to scream out my joy to the wind from
The highest of all mountain tops
Want to whisper my glee to the water
From the deepest of graves in the sea

Here with you tonight I've found my Heaven
It's a small hill next to the Ore Sound
I am yours now
And together we'll never be lonely again


Hot

You tell me that you feel hot
And I desperately want to know why
So I take off your sweater
And examine you closely
Every inch of your skin
Your flat six-pack stomach
Your narrow waist-line
Your muscular arms
Your soft chest
Your pink nipples
And I ask if you're now feeling cooler
You answer me 'no'



Hurting

You
Who sit there in darkness
You
Who are hurting
You
Who are despairing
You
Who are lonely

For You I want to sing
This song about hurting
I guess it is quite real
'Cause I wrote it about You

You
Who drown Your sorrows
In liquor and tobacco
You
Who are just dreaming
You were somewhere else

For You I want to sing
This song about hurting
I guess it is quite real
'Cause I wrote it about You

You
Who were cheated
You
Who were beaten
You
Who took the whole blame
You
Who never found someone to love

For You I want to sing
This song about hurting
I guess it is quite real
'Cause I wrote it about You

Because You know it better that anyone
That fortune is a precious thing
Because while all fortune soon comes to an end
There's no end on hurting at all

Because while all fortune soon comes to an end
There's no end on hurting at all


In My Dreams

My darling friend you were my whole life
You were the one that I lived for
Winter, summer, spring and autumn
You were the reason I pulled through
And I know that you know, darling
I have loved you most of all

In my dreams
In my dreams
In my dreams I am with you still

You were my best friend and my soulmate
My protector and my shield
You were the one I opened up to
The one who made my spirit grow
And never ever had I loved like
I have loved being with you

In my dreams
In my dreams
In my dreams I am with you still

Our house is lying by the river
Our doggies, we have rescued them
We ride the fields upon our horses
You are painting while I write
You play your drums and you are singing
We are forever happy there 

In my dreams
In my dreams
In my dreams I am with you still

You left this world but I am still here
For my time is yet to come
But when that day comes I'll be with you
And I'll be forever yours

Yet it is
Yet it is
Yet it is not my time to go

But in time
But in time
But in time I'll be by your side

You're holding me still in your soft arms
You make me warm when I am cold
You keep me safe when I am scared, love
I know that you are watching me

In my dreams
In my dreams
In my dreams I am with you still



Know

The day you feel lonely and hurting
Know that you're never alone
'Cause somewhere there is someone who's feeling like you do
Who's sharing your sorrow and pain


The Lonely Walker

I have seen you often
Walk on road full of stones that
You kick to the sides as
You're dreaming about fortune

Passing barns, passing stables
The sparrows are fleeing
When they see you coming
Walking alone on
This ragged dirty road

Hey lonely walker
Hi lonely walker
Don't cry lonely walker
Goodbye lonely walker

Lonely walker walks on by

By the side of the river
Passing fields, passing meadows
Twilight is falling
Darkness is rising

Hey lonely walker
Hi lonely walker
Don't cry lonely walker
Goodbye lonely walker

Lonely walker walks on by

'Cause all men seem stupid when nobody wants you
People seem cruel when you do know no one
The rain that keeps falling makes your body freezing
Roads feel uneven when you walk them alone

But hey lonely walker
Hi lonely walker
Don't cry lonely walker
You'll see lonely walker
In time lonely walker
Tears dry lonely walker

Walking lonely through a life


A Love Story

Walking through the dusk
With you, my sweetheart
You hold my hand so tight
My fingers trembling

Been waiting for this time
With you my whole life
This moment for us two
Now you are with me
As evening has arrived
The night soon coming

Your cheeks are glowing red
Just like the sun does
When I kiss your lips
Your smile enchants me
We'll never say goodbye
This night eternal

Let me be forever yours
I love you darling
Want to spend my life with you
There's no one like you
Walking on this Earth
Say you won't leave me

And I'll be there by your side
In health and sickness
Sharing our lives
Share every moment

And as we grow old
I will still be there
Still to hold your hand
Walk through the sunset
Kiss you in the dusk

Till Lord Almighty
Calls us to His side
Says we must rest now
In Heaven high above

Then we will sit there
Kissing on a cloud
Still holding hands as
We're looking down on Earth

Looking at lovers
Walking through the dusk
With their own sweetheart
And love goes on and on
I'm so in love with you
Come hold me here tonight


Lucky

Got my heart broken
Turned into dust
And though it's not like
It's not happened before
Every new time it still hurts so bad
 
I know I'm lucky but I
I know I'm lucky but I
I know I'm lucky but I just can't feel it

And people tell me
That they envy me
That I'm so lucky
For feeling like this
That I'm impulsive
Think with my heart
So keen of loving
Emotional
Say that they envy
My fragile heart

They say it's a blessing to feel love like this
Say  it's a blessing to feel passion like this

I know I'm lucky but I
I know I'm lucky but I
I know I'm lucky but I just can't feel it

They just don't realize
A heart as intense
Can hurt like a deadly wound
And a climb to the highest top
Hurts the more when you fall
Over and over
Head over heels into love

I know I'm lucky but I
I know I'm lucky but I
I know I'm lucky but I just can't feel it

I know I'm lucky but I
I know I'm lucky but I
I know I'm lucky but I just can't feel it

I know I'm lucky but I
I know I'm lucky but I
I know I'm lucky but I just can't feel it right now











Sapiens

An egret dies outside New Orleans
His feathers are covered in oil
Outside my window a cold wind is blowing
It's raining in Willow Pond Park
A lion was shot outside Joburg to become a trophy tonight

There are two hundred wolves in this country
Help! They are eating the mooses
Let's shoot them, those mooses are ours!
There are seven billion people on Earth
Let's cut down some more trees to make room
And if we turn off the lights for an hour a year
We can all take the car to the store

In Yemen a girl is sold to an old man
Change the channel - the game soon begins
Women in the Congo are gang raped
Have you heard of what Lindsay's been doing today?
In the Bengal a baby dies from starvation
There's a shoe sale today at the mall
Build thicker walls on the slaughterhouse
Eat Piglet for dinner tonight

Gaia acts sick, fever rising
Her ashes a call for relief?
Well, she should be kind, not behave like a freak!
Damn, we could not fly for a week!

Beauty is dead
We killed it
It was not productive enough
We built a factory there in its place
It makes cheap t-shirts for hot summer days

The river where Jesus was baptised
Will be all gone by next year it seems
No more river
No more river of Jordan
No more river
There's no more river to cross

We killed Jesus in Auschwitz
Jehovah in Hiroshima
The last of the angels died with Rwanda
The few that survived Königsberg and Hanoi
And Buddha was shot a long time ago 
For being a non-conformist
For being a bum hippie slob 

We have a new god
His name is Mammon
We love him 'cause he gives us things
It says in the Bible the rich won't win Heaven
But who needs a Heaven to dream of  
When we have caffelatte on Earth











Say

Say
Did you not
Like me
One time for the very first time
Open up your eyes
And looked upon the place you were
To know as your own world
And your own home

Say
Had you not
Like me
Even if you don't remember now
A time so long ago
When you did not know of wicked words
Like evil, pain and death

Say
Have you not
Like me
Once ran barefoot across a field
And felt the soft straws of the grass
That tickled you under your feet

Say
Have you not
Like me
Heard the birds that sing
And heard the roaring of the sea
And the laughter of the children playing by the brook

Say
Do you still recall
The very first time you saw snow
Or the first time that you saw the
Very first of the spring flowers be in bloom

Say
Do you still recall
The very first time that your tongue got
To taste the sweet raspberries in the glade
Or the first time that you rested
In the arms of someone that you truly love

Say
You might think that you are grown now
Cold and hardened by your life
But you must never forget
That in the deep root of your heart
Dwells forever within you
An innocent and frightened
Little child


Soy Milk

You're lifting the glass to your lips
You feel the liquid stick above your lip
You put out the tip of your tongue
And you slowly move it over your lip
Like a kitten who has gotten cream on its nose
You smack your lips together
I do find it all very sweet


The Sword

Once there was love
Now love is gone
Once there was joy
Now pain remains

I felt the sword piercing through my soul
The day you told me goodbye

The tears that fall
Turn dreams to dust
Turns light to dark
Turns love to pain

For sorrow is a cold and lonely place
And it's the place I call home

Remember once 
When joy was here
Inside my heart 
Where has it gone?

For happiness is a place that I once knew
But I can never go back

Till the end of time
I'll be crying in the dark
Alone 
Till the day that I die

For loneliness is the place that I know best
And now it's the place where I'll stay  


This Is My Life

These words I speak
For those unfortunate ones
Who're finding themselves
Stuck within society's frames
You ought to listen up
And hear what your heart wanna say

'Cause this is my life
And I'm gonna live it
Follow me out in the night my friend
And hold me tight
Here we go

Life is living in my blood
Fighting in the mud
Called obligations

Will
Is free
For you and free for me
If you just would dare to let it rule

Dare to follow your heart
Prepare yourself for the start
Of a bran new life that's straight ahead
Rise from your bed and go

'Cause this is my life
And I'm gonna live it
Follow me out in the night my friend
And hold me tight
Here we go

Society tries to put you in chains
Makes you work before you can talk
Sucks the energy out of you brain
In a leash you walk

But all the money in this world
Couldn't buy my precious time

'Cause this is my life
And I'm gonna live it
Follow me out in the night my friend
And hold me tight
Here we go

'Cause this is my life
And I'm gonna live it
Follow me out in the night my friend
And hold me tight
Here we go

Come, follow me out in the night my friend
And hold me tight
Here we go



Twenty-First Century Winter

Scandinavia - Land of the North
Former home of Santa Claus
He has moved to the North Pole now
Only the darkness remains

The land is green in December
No cover for the resting soil
The fields are naked in the roaring winds
Only the darkness remains

No more sledges for Yuletide
No more skis for the slopes
The snowmen have gone exctinct
Only the darkness remains

Our world has changed
No more winter here
No more ice, no snow
Only the darkness remains

It is twenty-first century winter in southern Scandinavia
In Copenhagen important people meet
They will talk about if climate change is real
While only the darkness remains 



Where Are You

Where are you
The one I love
The only one I'm thinking of
Anywhere I'd like to be
If it meant I were with thee
The one I've never met but seen
So often in my fantasy

The one for whom my heart is beating
The one for whom my soul is breathing
The one for whom my body is bleeding

When I cry you dry my tears
When I'm lonely only you
Makes me struggle and get through
When I smile it's you I see
Will you smile when you see me?

Wherever in this world you are
If I'd even have to go quite far
I hope you'll wait if it's okay
I will find you there someday
Where all roads meet that leads astray


The World

You asked me one night:
'Do you know what I think?'
I answered you 'no'
So you told me

'I think that one day
People like us
The sissy, the shy and the nerdy
Will govern this Earth
And this world had never been better before'

'Sure', I said
'But I don't give a damn about the world right now
Because you're just all too bloody cute!' 


Yin and Yang

You're so bloody, so bloody beautiful
You beautiful, beautiful thing

You're so bloody, so bloody beautiful
You beautiful, beautiful thing

I care about this planet what's happening there
You mostly care about what you're gonna wear

I give away money to people in need
You think it's enough with your own mouth to feed

You're so bloody, so bloody beautiful
You beautiful, beautiful thing

You're so bloody, so bloody beautiful
You beautiful, beautiful thing

I go by bus
You go by car
A car that's not really the cleanest there are

I'm meditating
You yawn by the thought
I believe the skies guide us
You think luck can be bought

You're so bloody, so bloody beautiful
You beautiful, beautiful thing

You're so bloody, so bloody beautiful
You beautiful, beautiful thing

You smoke and you lie and you drink and you swear
While I try to live my life spotless and fair

Meat is murder to me
But to you it makes up the core of a genuine, delicate, good tasting meal

So I guess we are kind of two opposite souls
But I don't give a damn

'Cause you're so bloody, so bloody beautiful
You beautiful, beautiful thing

You're so bloody, so bloody beautiful
You beautiful, beautiful thing

And I do believe in Yin and Yang

And you're so bloody, so bloody beautiful
You beautiful, beautiful thing

You're so bloody, so bloody beautiful
You beautiful, beautiful thing

You're so bloody, so bloody beautiful
You beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful thing

You beautiful, beautiful thing
 


Yuletide Purgatory

Hear me, Earth

This is the story of Yuletide...

There was this Nazarene boy who chose to be born in the sign of the Capricorn
As the Piscean age rose this was the great chance
To make a new world
But now it has passed
And yes we have failed

Hear me, Earth

This year will be the first year
This year the year of life
The breaking of the chrysalis
Resurrection of the vampire asleep

Millions of eyes are watching us now
The doomed and the wicked are never alone
As glimmering eyes make sure
That nothing escapes the Fire Complete

Hear me, Earth

This year will be the first year
This year the year of life
The breaking of the chrysalis
Resurrection of the vampire asleep

See our lingering souls in the gaze of the cat as black as the night
They are shining in millions of colors 
And crystals of silver are filling our hearts as we feast upon the turning of the light

Hear me, Earth

This year will be the first year
This year the year of life
The breaking of the chrysalis
Resurrection of the vampire asleep

In the mirror of the black raven eye
Wolves are prowling the fallen souls
Please, my love
Let's escape through the Arch of the Rose
Before the petals will fall on our grave
Ashes to ashes
Innocent blood

Hear me, Earth

This year will be the first year
This year the year of life
The breaking of the chrysalis
Resurrection of the vampire asleep

It is a fallen world
It is a wicked world
And Beelzebub laughs in our face
For Mammon is the dearest friend of Azazel

Hear me, Earth

This year will be the first year
This year the year of life
The breaking of the chrysalis
Resurrection of the vampire asleep

Let us make the Tower fall upon our heads
Let Armageddon come
To take us away
To Eden again
In the Garden of Love
Burn this old cruel world
Burn

For in the darkest night the brightest star will shine
In the Yuletide Purgatory

Hear me, Earth


The Zeppelin

It is not a very good idea 
No 
To make a zeppeliner out of lead 
No
Not a very good 
No
Not a very good
No
Not a very good idea 
No

Working every day for very long
Oh
Never having time for peace and calm
Oh
Having lots of money to buy things
Oh
When we have things we want to have some more
Oh

It is not a very good idea
No
To make a zeppeliner out of lead
No 
Not a very good
No
Not a very good
No
Not a very good idea
No

Moving into cities rising high
Oh
Cutting down the trees to make up room
Oh
To make the food for all who're living there
Oh
Eating flesh from all the animals
Oh

It is not a very good idea
No
To make a zeppeliner out of lead
No
Not a very good
No
Not a very good 
No 
Not a very good idea 
No

Making cars that run on gasoline
Oh
Taking up the oil from the ground 
Oh
Making war to have more of that oil 
Oh
Heating up the world as we go by
Oh

It is not a very good idea 
No 
To  make a zeppeliner out of lead
No
Not a very good 
No
Not a very good 
No
Not a very good idea 
No

Working very hard we do 
Oh
For changing all the planet that we've got 
Oh
Soon we'll have a great big rock 
Oh
That is just another crowded city block
Oh

It is not a very good idea 
No
To make a zeppeliner out of lead 
No 
Not a very good 
No
Not a very good 
No
Not a very good idea 
No





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The Tale of the Timber Man and the Tree

Shi the Timber Man was on a journey with his disciples. One day they arrived in a town in which a grand Oak Tree stood by an altar. The Oak Tree was so huge that one could hide an entire ox behind it. And many people came to admire the tree - but Shi the Timber Man, he did not care for it. “Master“, said his disciples, “not since our journey begun have we encountered such a fine tree, but you will not even look at it, you just continue your walk. Why so?” Shi the Timber Man answered: “That tree is of no use. If one makes a boat from it, it will sink. If one makes a coffin from it, it will soon rot. If one makes pillars from it, they will become plagued my worms. No, that tree is useless. That is why it has stood so long.” But on the way back from the town, the Tree came to the Timber Man in a dream: “What do you wish to compare me to?” asked the tree. “Do you wish to compare me with fruit trees, full of pears or oranges? When these trees have matured, then they are mutilated. Their branches are broken, and their twigs are thrown away. It is because they are useful that their lives become so short and painful. And that is why I have always strived to be completely useless in every way. And, when it comes down to it, after all, what are we other than mere things? And by what right can one thing decide over another? What do you, a useless human, know about a useless tree?” 
 

From the
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“Let every state be simple, like a small village with few people. There may be tools to speed things up ten or a hundred times, yet no one will care to use them. There may be boats and carriages, yet they will remain without riders. There may be armor and weaponry, yet they will sit collecting dust. The people must take life seriously and not waste their lives in distant lands. Let them return to the knotting of the cord. Let them enjoy their food and care for their clothing. Let them be content in their homes and joyful in the way they live. Neighboring villages are in sight of each other. Roosters and dogs can be heard in the distance. Should a man grow old and die without ever leaving his village, let him feel as though there was nothing he missed.“

From the Tao Te Ching

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"We are nothing, you and I, except exotica in the Savage Garden. When the world of men collapses in ruin, beauty will take over. The trees shall grow again where there were streets. The flowers will again cover the meadow that is now a dank field of hovels. The wild grass and the dense forest will cover up all trace of the once great cities until nothing remains. And the Savage Garden will cover the world." /Gabrielle de Lioncourt ("The Vampire Lestat") 

                                  
                                         
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About Me I am a shy dreamer, a writer and a poet, and a spiritual seeker. My home is among the beech forests, plains and sandy seashores of Scania in South Scandinavia. I am a romantic who love all animals, beauty, nature and the pristine, and all that is genuine and unspoiled.
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Religions Norse Romanticist Pantheist Neopaganism  
Eating Habits Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian  
Wild Fact About Me I am actually not very wild, mostly
My Philosophy I am what I am, and if you don't like what you see, then close your eyes and let me be
What Gives Me Hope Love, nature's beauty, and people who are actually concerned about all that is wrong and unfair in this world.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Fight for animal rights and for saving nature and the environment. Fight poverty and injustice, and make sure that not one single person in this world ever have to go hungry or freezing.
What/who changed my life and why My most life-changing experience was the first time I experienced being in love.
What Bugs Me Arrogant and inconciderate people  
Passions Romance, Fantasy, Poetry, Books, Nature, Animals, Starry Skies, The Full Moon, Darkness  
Inspirations Love, Animals, Nature, Dear friends, My family, Good people  
What Scares Me Fundamentalist Religious Conservatism, Raw Capitalism, Evil, Selfishness, Violence, Anger, Ignorance, Narrow-Mindedness, Arrogance  
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Role Models Wangari Maathai, Vandana Shiva, Ashima Goddess, Lestat de Lioncourt, Ashoka, Lao Tzu, Buddha, Jesus of Nazareth  
Quotation "Where our hearts truly lie is in peace and quiet and good, tilled earth. For we share a love of things that grow. And, yes, to others, our ways seem quaint. But today of all days, it is brought home to me: It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life."
/Bilbo Baggins

"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me, and be my friend."
/Albert Camus

Guard well within yourself that treasure: kindness. "Know ho to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness."
/Amantine Dupin

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true."
/James Branch Cabell

"One for whom the pebble has value must be surrounded by treasures wherever he goes."
/Par Lagerkvist

"Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your own intense obsessions mercilessly."
/Franz Kafka

"Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial to creation, and the exponent of breath."
/Emily Dickinson
Interests Love, Philosophy, Spirituality, Animals, Nature, Literature, Poetry  
Books The Vampire Lestat, Interview With the Vampire, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, White Oleander, Troll - A Love Story, The Book of Ashima  
Music Lunatica, Amon Amarth, Tacere, Wolfhorde, Blind Guardian, Wendy McNeill, Vanilla Ninja, Savage Garden, Sahara Hotnights, H.I.M., Pink, Jem, DIdo, Lisa Miskovsky, Katie Melua, Pet Shop Boys  
Movies The Hobbit, Priscilla - Queen of the Desert, Sweeney Todd, Spirited Away, The Last Samurai, The Lord of the Rings, Secretary, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain  
TV Shows Seinfeld, Family Guy, The Amazing Race, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The Simpsons  
Favorite Foods Chocolate, Crisps, Fruits, Vegetables, Pasta, Veggie Burgers, Pizza, Fruit Pie  
Favorite Places The Forest, The Plains, The Seaside  
Can't Live Without Love, Faith, Hope  
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